Kingston Police are asking residents in the Rideau Heights area to shelter in place amid an ongoing attempt to identify, locate and apprehend a male who is believed to have discharged a firearm in the commission of an offence and fled the area on foot.
“While this is an active and ongoing investigation the initial information is that at approximately 8:45 a.m. Kingston Police were originally dispatched to the area of Montreal St and Hwy 401, where an altercation is suspected to have occurred and involved the use of a pistol between parties,” Kingston Police wrote in a statement today.
A male described as Caucasian, in his 20s, wearing a white shirt and blue-coloured pants reportedly fled the area, believed to still be in possession of a handgun.
The Rideau Heights area has been cordoned by the Kingston Police. The areas that have been cordoned off include Hwy 401 to the north, Montreal St to the east, John Counter Blvd to the south and Division St. “Both the Canine Unit and Emergency Response Unit are involved. Streets where this male may have fled down include Virginia St, Compton St, and possibly others,” they said.
Until further information is obtained Kingston Police are assuming this male to be armed and dangerous. Community members are asked to avoid the area and any nearby residents are asked to secure their doors and windows until further updates can be provided. If this male is believed to be seen please do not approach him and immediately call Kingston Police at 9-1-1 with any further descriptors, location and last known direction.