BRACEBRIDGE — Police “fearing public safety” scrambled to one of the town’s main intersections this morning/afternoon after a caller reported a man with a handgun.
OPP officers raced to Manitoba Street and Taylor Road at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, when they received a call from a member of the public reporting that a man was standing on the sidewalk at the intersection while holding what appeared to be a handgun.
Police say they responded very quickly due to public safety concerns” and were able to take control of the individual and place him under arrest.
Further investigation revealed that the firearm was a replica.
As a result of the investigation, John McKeen, 54, of Bracebridge was charged with:
- Possession of a Weapon\Imitation for a Dangerous Purpose CC 88 X 3
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon CC 90 X3
- Pointing a Firearm CC 87
- Imitation Firearm – Use While Committing an Offence XX 85(2)(a) X 2
- Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order CC 117.01(1) X 2
McKeen is to appear before in Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge for a bail hearing on May 12, 2023.
The OPP remind the public that every firearm must be treated seriously as though it is real until proven otherwise to ensure everyone’s safety.