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Firearms call leads to arrest in Grimsby

Suspect surrendered peacefully after four hours of negotiations
Officers recovered a replica handgun following a weapons call in Grimsby on June 20, 2022

On June 20, 2022 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers assigned to 8 District (Grimsby) responded to a residential condominium in the area of North Service Road and Winston Road in the Town of Grimsby regarding an armed individual.

Initial investigation by uniformed officers confirmed the suspect was seen in the lobby carrying what was believed to be a handgun. After speaking with witnesses, uniformed officers confirmed the suspect retreated to an apartment inside the condominium. The suspect was contained inside his apartment by uniformed officers until the Emergency Task Unit (ETU), Negotiators, Canine (K9), and Detectives assigned to 8 District Criminal Investigative Branch (CIB) arrived on-scene.

NRPS Negotiators made contact with the suspect and over the course of four hours facilitated a peaceful surrender. Neither the suspect, members of the public, or police personnel sustained any injuries as a result of the interaction.

After receiving judicial authorization, 8 District Detectives executed a search warrant on the suspects apartment and recovered a replica black and silver pistol.

David McDonnell (29 years) of Grimsby was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offence:
    •    Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

McDonnell was held in custody pending a bail hearing that occurred on June 21, 2022 via video link to the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, located at 59 Church St. in the City of St. Catharines. McDonnell was released from custody on a release order/undertaking and has a scheduled court appearance on July 19, 2022, at 59 Church St. in the City of St. Catharines.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact 8 District Detectives at 905-688-4111, option 3, ext. 1025400.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.