OPP arrest 3, seek 1, in gun trafficking investigation tied to Ancaster takedown

Ontario Provincial Police are still tight-lipped about the high-profile attempted takedown at an Esso station on Golf Links Road in Ancaster on Monday.

Shots were fired, but police are still not providing any details about who did the shooting

Police taped off an Esso station on Golf Links Road in Ancaster on Monday evening for an incident that involved a 'high-stakes takedown,' according to the OPP. (CrazyCunner/Twitter)

Ontario Provincial Police are still tight-lipped about the high-profile attempted takedown at an Esso station on Golf Links Road in Ancaster on Monday.

Wednesday afternoon, OPP did say they had arrested three adults and charged them with gun trafficking as part of the investigation. Two adults were arrested in Hamilton and one in Oshawa.

Police are still looking for one suspect, a 23-year-old Hamilton man. He's wanted for conspiracy to traffic firearms, trafficking firearms, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession in violation of a court order.

While the latest release provides some new information, the service is refusing to answer many questions about what happened during the attempted arrest that resulted in shots being fired and one suspect escaping.

OPP spokeswoman Carolle Dion would not say whether it was plainclothes police officers or a suspect, or both, who fired weapons at the gas station before 7 p.m. on Monday. Nor would she say how many shots were fired. She said investigators are not disclosing that "for evidentiary purposes."

"I can't specify on who shot," she said. "It's part of the court process now."

She did not disclose whether that suspect was the one at large after the Monday evening incident.

She said there were no reported injuries.

Dion said she could not disclose whether any firearms were seized.

"The investigation is still ongoing and I am unable to speak about specifics," she said.

Despite the lack of details, investigators have made assurances that there is no threat to public safety.

"I understand the public's concern that we're dealing with firearms," Dion said. "We do recognize that. Obviously, that night, for sure, there was concern in that immediate area."

But she reiterated the OPP position that there is "no immediate threat" to the public.

Hamilton police were involved in assisting OPP in the operation but Dion could not say whether other agencies were involved.

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