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London man charged after walking past police cruiser while toting shotgun

A London man is facing multiple charges after walking past a marked police cruiser while holding a shotgun on Saturday. 

The shotgun seized was loaded and had been modified

A member of the London Police Services Uniformed Division noticed an adult male walking by with what appeared to be a shotgun in his hand, concealed under his clothing on April 24. (Liny Lamberink/CBC London)

A 42-year-old London man is facing multiple charges after walking past a marked police cruiser while holding a shotgun on Saturday. 

The incident took place at approximately 4:45 p.m. in the area of Hacket and Sackville streets, when a London police officer noticed an adult male walking by with what appeared to be a shotgun in his hand, concealed under his clothing. 

The officer directed the male to place the shotgun on the ground. Upon doing so, the suspect fled westbound through a parking lot in the 500-block of Hamilton Road. 

The officer then called for assistance and proceeded to run after the suspect. 

The suspect resisted arrest until approximately 4:55 p.m., after more police attended the area. 

As a result of the investigation, and a search incident to arrest, the following items were seized:

  • Loaded 20 gauge shotgun with serial number removed and barrel and butt of the gun modified.
  • Loaded prohibited magazine (10 rounds of 9mm ammunition).
  • Three rounds of 9mm ammunition.
  • Four rounds of 12 gauge ammunition.
  • A prohibited knife.
  • A replica firearm.

The man has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Three counts of possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order.
  • Two counts of carrying concealed weapon, prohibited device or ammunition.
  • Possession of a firearm knowing serial number has been tampered with.
  • Possession of a loaded/unloaded regulated firearm.
  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon or prohibited device.
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon.
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm.
  • Resist arrest.

The accused was scheduled to appear in London court Monday in relation to the charges.

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