(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A massive police presence is vibing west of the city since before 5:00 am this morning.
Ontario Provincial Police along with the Thunder Bay Police Service are present wearing heavy armour.
Residents in the area have told us that they were told police are possibly searching for the shooter from one of the shootings that happened in the city recently. (UPDATE: Police have said this was regarding a robbery, not the shooting, but that doesn’t rule out that these people may be linked)
One resident tells us they saw police take one person into custody.
There was a drone visible flying around the area, this leads us to believe the search is still ongoing.
One resident tells us they heard gunfire over night. Police have Oliver road shut down at Gratton Road.
Police have had the getaway vehicle towed away and are still actively searching for other suspects that flee’d the scene.
Police Media Release Below:
On September 26, 2018, at approximately 2:43 a.m., officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a robbery that occurred at a residence on Lakeshore Drive in the Municipality of Shuniah.
It was reported that assailants left the residence in a dark coloured sedan. The vehicle was located by police on Oliver Road and a Spike Belt Tire Deflation Device was utilized to bring the vehicle to a stop.
One male was located and arrested at the scene, and officers continue to search for people that fled from the vehicle.
Officers from the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine Unit and Thunder Bay Police Service officers responded to the scene. The OPP Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has also been utilized at the scene.
Currently, officers are on scene at Oliver Road and Oliver Road is closed between Gratton Road and Twin City Crossroads.
The investigation is continuing. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
*** UPDATE: Oliver Road has been reopened to traffic.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
This is a developing story and we will updat this article as more information becomes available.
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