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Fleeing the scene of a crime, whether one is guilty or not, is never a good idea. Unfortunately, it is a natural human reaction, but the implications are not good. It is possible a Toronto man may have made his situation worse when he chose to leave the scene after a weapon was fired near a crowd. Police later arrested him, and he faces many serious criminal allegations.
The incident took place in a Scarborough parking lot on Jan. 28. A crowd had gathered near the intersection of Nugget and McCowan for a late-night event. At around 2:30 a.m., an individual apparently fired a gun multiple times. No one was hurt, though the crowd quickly dispersed. The suspect in the case also fled the scene.
On April 12, Toronto Police arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with the event and took him into custody. At that time, officers seized a .32 calibre revolver and ammunition. While executing a search warrant after the arrest, a second firearm was seized, along with a quantity of cocaine. Police charged the suspect with reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, carrying a concealed weapon and drug trafficking and possession offences.
The combination of drugs and weapons charges adds up to very serious criminal allegations. Though fleeing from the scene may not have been the best decision, it may be possible to improve the situation by making a better decision at the first available opportunity. Choosing to contact a criminal defence lawyer could make a significant difference to what happens next after a person is arrested in Ontario.
Source: cp24.com, “Man arrested after shots fired in Scarborough parking lot“, Chris Herhalt, April 14, 2017