25-year-old man charged after victim shot with air-pistol handgun during domestic disturbance

An SD&G OPP cruiser. Smith photo, Nation Valley News file

NORTH GLENGARRY — A 25-year-old man faces a several Criminal Code charges after allegedly shooting someone with an “air pistol handgun” during a late-night altercation Aug. 5 in Alexandria.

Police arrested the unnamed accused several hours after he holed up at the involved Main Street address. Police say there was an altercation involving two individuals and that the aggressor pointed “a firearm” — only later identified as an air pistol — at the victim. As the event continued, the accused “attacked … and shot the victim with the pellet gun,” according to the SD&G OPP.  The victim and a witness fled the residence. The attacker remained behind, refusing through the night to comply with police demands that he give himself up.

The “domestic situation” had been reported to police shortly before 1 a.m. Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Canine Unit, Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) and the local detachment responded to the disturbance. A crisis negotiator also took part.

The stand-off concluded at 6 a.m. when the accused surrendered without incident.

He faces charges of Assault with a weapon, Pointing a firearm, Discharge Air gun or pistol with intent; Assault; and Criminal harassment – Threatening conduct. He was held in custody pending a court appearance in Cornwall later that day.


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