Police investigating serious assault in downtown Kingston

A Kingston Police cruiser sits out front of the apartment building at 720 Princess Street, which was closed off with police tape on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, after an assault involving a weapon. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Kingston Police are currently investigating after an assault involving a weapon occurred at an apartment building downtown.

A heavy police presence on Princess Street near Smith Street (between MacDonnell Street and Victoria Street) began before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, with police taping off a building on the south side of Princess Street. This included taping off the driveway entrance to the parking lot of the building, as well as the front entrance to the building. Area residents reported that a handful of Kingston Police cruisers along with the Forensic Identification Unit remained in the area for several hours.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable Anthony Colangeli, a Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police, indicated that further information on this incident would be made public later in the day. Colangeli confirmed there is no risk to public safety in relation to the incident and, when pushed for further information, relayed that police were called to the downtown building after a report of an assault involving a weapon.

According to police, one person was injured as a result of the assault, which involved an “edged weapon,” Colangeli said. Police often use the term “edged weapon” to refer to bladed or cutting instruments, such as knives, axes, saws, etc. The injured party was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries “consistent with injuries from an assault with an edged weapon,” police said.

Colangeli said the investigation remains ongoing at this time. Further information is expected to be released later today. Kingstonist will provide updated coverage as more information becomes available.

Several police vehicles were seen around the Princess Street apartment building as the investigation into the assault continued. The investigation remained active as of noon on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

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