Shooting suspect still at large after 'altercation' with police

On Wednesday, Hamilton police told reporters that police got into an altercation with a man who is wanted in connection to a shooting Monday.

The suspect is wanted in connection with a shooting near Barton Street East and Emerald Street North

Hamilton police Const. Jerome Stewart spoke to reporters Wednesday (Laura Clementson/CBC)

A Hamilton man wanted in connection with a shooting this week had an "altercation" with officers and escaped them on Tuesday, police say.

A 19-year-old man is one of three suspects wanted in connection with a shooting near Barton Street East and Emerald Street North on Monday evening. Police consider him "armed and dangerous."

Police say they tried to apprehend him at a home near Cedar and Afron avenues when they had an undescribed "altercation" with a man there.

"The interaction was brief," said Const. Jerome Stewart. "It was not verbal."

The man is wanted after a shooting Monday, when police were called around 7:30 p.m. According to a news release, officers found a 20-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Staff Sgt. Mike Cunliffe said the victim had gone to the apartment to meet some people he knew, and when he was there, someone tried to steal his cell phone.

"He put up a fight, and was shot," Cunliffe said.

The man was taken to hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Three suspects are at large, police say. One is described as a skinny white male with brown hair. He is 17 to 20 years old. Another is a female youth, and there's a warrant for her arrest.

On Tuesday, police asked the public to stay out of the area of Cedar Avenue and Afton Avenue because officers were searching a home for a wanted party.

On Wednesday, Stewart told reporters that police went to a home on Cedar Avenue around 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

"That just happened to be an address that we believe he is associated to," said Stewart.

When officers got to the home, they were approached by two males, Stewart said, and got into "an altercation." One of the males fled through a doorway.

There's a warrant for the man's arrest, police say, and they consider him "armed and dangerous."

Altered appearance 

Police didn't recognize the man right away, Stewart said. He no longer has a beard and has long, loose curly hair now.

Police say officers then retreated, secured the residence and called for additional units.

Once units were on scene, police say they went into the home and searched, but the suspect had already escaped.

Stewart says no officers were hurt during the altercation.

Police say they arrested a second male who was involved in the altercation and helped the suspect escape. The second male hasn't been charged yet.