Four youths charged and released unconditionally after seizure of seven replica firearms 

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OTTAWA — A group of youths were reported making threats and intimidating with a knife and what appeared to be a firearm around 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the 200 block of Queen Mary. 

Officers attended and arrested four youths at the scene  — a 14-year-old and 15-year-old boy have been charged and the other two were released unconditionally.

Following the execution of a search warrant at the home yesterday, seven guns – presumed to be paintball and air pistols – were seized.

This was the second incident this weekend where replica firearms prompted a police response.

Actions that threaten the safety of our community, like using a firearm or replica gun to commit a crime or intimidate, are taken seriously by the Ottawa Police.

When a firearm is used to threaten someone, it is important to understand that police will respond as though the firearm is real (replica or not). The suspect represents a danger to public safety, and as such police will have a measured response to protect the community.

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