T3PS Responds to Reported Arson and Assault, Officer Injured.
(KENORA) – On the evening of June 19, 2023, Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS) members from the South Detachment, along with Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) members, responded to reports of a structural fire intentionally set in a First Nation community.
The accused was located, barricaded in a nearby residence. T3PS and OPP officers attempted several commands for the accused to surrender himself. During this time, a T3PS officer was struck with a sharp-edged object by the accused and was transported to hospital for medical care. A Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) was administered; however, it was ineffective.
The accused eventually surrendered and was placed under arrest. The accused is being held in custody pending a bail hearing for the safety of the community and victims involved. A six day hold will be requested so that further investigation by the crime unit can be completed.
The accused remains in custody and is charged with the following:
Arson – Damage to property
Uttering Threats – Cause death or bodily harm
Assault with a weapon
Mischief under $5000
Aggravated Assault of Peace Officer
Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
Resist Peace Officer
The injured officer was treated in hospital and remains stable. Identity of officer will not be released.
Treaty Three Police Service is a self-administered Policing entity under the First Nations Policing Program in Canada and is responsible for full policing duties in 23 First Nation Communities in the Treaty #3 territory.