The Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating after an aggravated assault occurred on Amherst Island.
The incident occurred on the night of Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, and led to a large presence of emergency responders on the usually quiet island — which in turn led to delays and changes to the Amherst Island ferry service as those working on the Frontenac II aided in transporting emergency responders to the island.
According to the OPP, shortly after 11 p.m., police received a report that an altercation involving a weapon had occurred at a residence in Stella, the main village of Amherst Island.
“The suspect fled prior to police arrival,” the OPP said in a press release the following day.
The OPP, Lennox and Addington Emergency Services, and Frontenac Paramedics attended the residence.
“There had been an altercation between two males in the residence. During the incident, one male received an injury. He was treated on scene and transported to hospital with major injuries,” police said.
The male suspect was located by officers a short time later, parked on a dirt path near a farm field just off Front Road, according to the OPP. The male was arrested and taken into custody.
As a result, the L&A OPP have charged a 22-year-old man from Stella with aggravated assault, police said. The OPP did not say what type of weapon was involved in the assault, nor whether the suspect and victim are known to one another. Kingstonist has inquired with the L&A OPP for further details.
According to police, the investigation is currently ongoing under the direction of the L&A OPP Crime Unit.
Kingstonist will provide further coverage on this matter as more information becomes available.