Man with gun assaults taxi driver, takes off, police say

Police are investigating after a taxi driver was allegedly assaulted by a male with a gun. Officers are in the area of King Street E. and Jackson Avenue.

Large police presence in area of King Street E. and Jackson Avenue

Police are investigating after a taxi driver reported being assaulted by a male with a gun. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

A man believed to have a gun assaulted a taxi driver and ran off Friday morning, according to Waterloo Regional Police Service. 

Police tweeted an investigation was underway on Friday morning. There was a large police presence around King Street E. and Jackson Avenue before noon.

The taxi driver reportedly picked up a customer in Cambridge, then got into an argument in downtown Kitchener over the destination. At one point, the argument became physical, according to police.

The customer then got out of the moving taxi, police said.

Once outside, police said the argument between the customer and driver continued. A passerby tried to intervene, and both the driver and the witness reported the man ran off holding what appeared to be a gun.

No description of the suspect was provided.

Around noon, police confirmed the canine unit had been deployed to the scene as part of the investigation. 



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