Photos: Tamara de la Vega
UPDATE: Huntsville OPP Detachment staff sergeant John-Paul Graham has confirmed that the sounds area residents mistook for gunshots came from a bear blaster. He also said the individual who is known to police and has since been arrested had a replica handgun very similar to what police are issued.
“The bear blaster had made people feel that what he was carrying in his hand was quite real,” said Graham. “We were initially told it was a handgun that was making the noise and certainly at the conclusion of apprehending the individual we retrieved a couple of airguns.”
Graham commended motorists, area residents and visitors for their patience as well as the work of his own police officers in securing a busy area of Huntsville from a potentially dangerous situation.
“In this day and age we want to be responsible in our response in these type of situations,” he said.
King William Street was closed for several hours this afternoon in response to what some described as possible gunshots heard at approximately 2 p.m. But according to an area resident the noise was allegedly caused by a loud ‘bear blaster.’
The OPP’s tactical unit responded, and a man was eventually arrested.
King William Street was closed between Cliff Avenue and Scott Street and some area businesses were evacuated during the investigation. Police have not yet released an official statement about the incident.
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