Two charged after firearm investigation by Lanark OPP

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid several charges after executing a search warrant in connection with an investigation of a violent crime involving a firearm.

According to a release from the OPP, the search warrant was executed on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, by members of the Lanark Detachment, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team and Community Street Crime Unit, resulting in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of a firearm.

Dustin David Cutmore, age 38 of Drummond-North Elmsley Township, is charged with:    

  • Assault
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Firearm – Use while committing an offence
  • Forcible confinement
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order
  • Possession of a schedule I substance – Cocaine
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

Michael David Ellis, age 53 of Kitley Township, is charged with:

  • Assault
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm
  • Firearm – Use while committing an offence
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Forcible confinement
  • Two counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order
  • Possession of a schedule I substance – Cocaine

Both accused remain in custody with bail hearings scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth.

Kingstonist has inquired with the OPP as to where exactly these events occurred, how many people were forcibly confined and their current condition and what types of firearms were involved. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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