One at large, one arrested after dispute draws large OPP presence in Maberly

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested one male and are actively searching for another after a dispute in Maberly, Ont., drew a heavy police response due to the possible presence of a firearm.

Maberly is located in Lanark County approximately 15.5 km northeast of Sharbot Lake. According to the OPP, an incident “related to a family dispute,” which occurred on Bennett Lake Road, was reported to police at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2024.

“It was reported as a disturbance with one person possibly armed with a firearm, resulting in a significant and prolonged police response,” said Bill Dickson, Media Relations Coordinator for the OPP East Region.

Officers with the Lanark County Detachment of the OPP “responded quickly” to the area, where they attempted to stop a vehicle, Dickson said. That vehicle fled from police, however, “officers were able to see and identify the driver.” Police then located the vehicle, abandoned, in the area. The driver and passenger of the vehicle had fled on foot, according to the OPP.

With both parties at large, officers searched the area, with the OPP East Region advising the public to avoid the area of Boilingbroke Road and Maberly Station Road on social media at 6:26 p.m. At 7:40 a.m. the following day (Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2024), the OPP East Region announced that officers had cleared the scene.

According to Dickson, the passenger of the vehicle was located and arrested without incident. As a result, 35-year-old Thomas Hale of Tay Valley Township was charged with obstructing a peace officer, and then released.

Dickson further said that an arrest warrant is being sought for a 50-year-old male from Drummond-North Elmsley on charges of flight from a peace officer and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The investigation, as well as the search for the wanted individual, remain ongoing at this time. Anyone with information should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

“The OPP believes this was a targeted incident and there was no imminent risk to public safety,” said Dickson.

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