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Male charged with weapons offences after drive-thru confrontation

Kingston Police have arrested a 40-year-old Kingston man after he allegedly made multiple death threats and was found to be carrying a cache of weapons and ammunition in his vehicle.

On May 21, 2020 at approximately 7:30 p.m. three males, all driving in the same vehicle, attended the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant on Gardiners Rd. While they waited in line, a male pulled up in a vehicle alongside them.

Kingston Police say the three males conversed together in their own vehicle with the windows down when suddenly the lone male took offence, believing their conversation had to do with him.

The male became enraged and allegedly threatened to shoot the other three. The victims attempted to ignore the accused and left the parking lot immediately, but the accused gave chase in his vehicle, pulling up alongside them, and pointing a handgun at them and again verbally threatening to shoot them. The victims, fearing for their lives, were eventually able to flee from the accused.

Kingston Police responded and were able to identify the accused after reviewing the restaurant’s security footage. Officers searched for the vehicle, eventually locating it at approximately 10:50 p.m. near the intersection of Cataraqui Woods Drive and Gardiners Road.

Police say they effected a high risk take down and arrested the accused at that time. During a search of the vehicle following the arrest, police say they located a sawed off shot gun, a collapsible baton, a folding knife and various types of shotgun and handgun ammunition. The weapons and ammunition, say Kingston Police, were hidden throughout the vehicle. The male was transported to police headquarters and held until he attended a bail hearing the following day.

Following the seizure of the suspect’s vehicle, Kingston Police say a well-hidden loaded handgun was also located inside the vehicle.

The accused is now charged with uttering threats to cause death, pointing a firearm, four counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace, use of a firearm to commit indictable an offence, possession of a prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate, unlicenced person possessing a prohibited weapon, three counts of handling ammunition carelessly, occupying a motor vehicle knowing that there was a prohibited firearm in that motor vehicle, and possession of a loaded regulated firearm.

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