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Report of gun-toting male near Victoria Park leads to arrest

Police received multiple calls on Friday night about possible long gun that appeared to be discarded; 19-year-old faces multiple charges
Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have recovered a gun and charged a male with weapons offences in the City of Orillia.

On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, shortly after 11 p.m., police received a report that several males had been seen walking in the area near Victoria Park, Orillia and that one male was carrying a long gun. 

It was then reported that the male may have thrown the gun and fled the area. A second caller reported that four males ran out of a Coldwater Road residence and that one was carrying a rifle.

Members of the Orillia OPP detachment responded immediately and located and seized a firearm. A detailed description of the suspect was attained and a male who matched the description was located a short distance away. The male was subsequently arrested and the investigation continued.

As a result, Elijah Nelson, age 19, of Scarborough has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm, contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Careless use of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, contrary to Section 88 of the Criminal Code

The accused was held for a bail hearing and is to appear next on Nov. 24, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

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