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Man, 83, charged after firing shotgun in residential neighbourhood

Tiny Township man faces a number of firearms offences
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TINY TOWNSHIP - On Aug. 24, 2021 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a male was observed firing a shotgun from the deck of a home on Tripp Lane, a residential neighbourhood in Tiny Township. The shots were being fired in the direction of another residence. The male then entered the home, leaving the gun behind on the deck.

Members of the Southern Georgian Bay and Huronia West detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded immediately and secured the general area around the home, directing residents to shelter in place.

Once the scene was contained, officers were able to make contact with the male on the telephone and he agreed to surrender to police. He was arrested without further incident and brought to hospital. He was transported to OPP detachment at a later time where he remains to appear at a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice.

Domenico Franchi, 83 years of Tiny Township, is charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada:
    •    careless use of a firearm
    •    carrying a firearm in a careless manner
    •    careless storage of a firearm
    •    mischief
    •    unauthorized possession of a firearm

Officers of the OPP values your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report a crime anonymously please visit Crime Stoppers online or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).