Man charged after air gun incident at D. Roy Kennedy school

A 50-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges including possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace after an incident last week at D. Roy Kennedy Public School on Woodroffe Avenue.

50-year-old man set to appear in court in November

A 50-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges including possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace after an incident last week at D. Roy Kennedy Public School on Woodroffe Avenue.

Children at the school were sent home on Sept. 26 after a man who allegedly brought a replica firearm inside was arrested by police that morning.

D. Roy Kennedy Public School on Woodroffe Avenue was evacuated Thursday morning after police say a male was found with a replica firearm. (CBC)

The call came in to police at about 10:35 a.m. ET from the public JK-8 school at 919 Woodroffe Ave., between Carling Avenue and Highway 417.

Police said the man allegedly walked inside with what appeared to be a firearm, pulled the fire alarm and then went to the principal's office.

Responding officers arrived within minutes and used a Taser on the man. He was taken to hospital to be assessed, police said. No one else was hurt.

Children at the school were taken to a nearby church as a precaution. Due to the investigation, students weren't allowed back inside the school for the day. The school reopened Friday.

The man is facing charges including:

  • Possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace.
  • Carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Common nuisance/endangering lives or the safety of the public.
  • Mischief.
  • Making a false fire alarm.

He is scheduled to appear in court during the first week of November.