Chatham man facing weapons charges

CIRT in Chatham September 5 2017. Image: Scott Allen

A 63-year-old Chatham man was arrested early this morning after police, Chatham-Kent Police Service Critical Incident Response Team and a trained negotiator attended a home on Park Avenue West.

Police say the man was inside his residence on Park Avenue West in Chatham yesterday at approximately 3 p.m. when his roommate attended to gather some of his personal belongings.  When the roommate did not get an answer at the front door, he crawled through a basement window to get into the residence.

Once inside, the roommate was met by the man who had a baseball bat in one hand and a firearm in the other.  The man allegedly pointed the firearm at the roommate, threatened him and then struck him with a baseball bat.  The roommate left the residence, but did not contact police.

Last night at 8 p.m. the roommate returned the residence.  When he knocked at the front door, he was met again by the man who was holding the bat and firearm in his hands.  The roommate was threatened again, so he left and this time, contacted police.  No injuries were reported.

With the assistance of the Chatham-Kent Police Service Critical Incident Response Team and a trained negotiator, police arrested the man at 12:30 a.m. this morning.

The man was charged with point firearm x 2, assault with a weapon and utter threats x 2.

He was transported to Chatham-Kent Police Service Headquarters where he is held for a bail hearing.

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