(LANSDOWNE HOUSE, ON) – Scary allegations coming out of Lansdowne House, Ontario today.
Appearing in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning was a 15-year-old male youth who, in compliance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, cannot be identified. He appeared in front of Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill, Crown Attorney Tamara Fairchild and criminal defence lawyer Aranka Golphy.
On February 13th, 2020, officers with the Lansdowne House detachment of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service responded to a mental health emergency call in which a youth had a rifle and was threatening to kill themselves. The youth reportedly pointed the unloaded gun to their own head numerous times while uttering threats to kill themselves. The initial reason police were called to the scene was that the youth was destroying the inside of a womans home.
Officers worked patiently and compassionately, attempting to talk the boy down and establish a safe and incident-free resolution. Unfortunately, that is not what happened. The boy, who’s known to have serious mental health issues, not only pointed the Marlin .30-30 Winchester rifle at his own head but to the heads of officers during the tense negotiations and threatened their lives. Nobody was injured during the incident. Officers managed to take control of the situation safely.
Officers took the youth into custody and held him at the detachment pending a court appearance. The youth was charged with the following criminal code offences:
- Pointing a firearm.
- Possession of a firearm without a license.
- Carrying a firearm for a purpose dangerous to the public.
- Using a firearm in a careless manner.
- Assaulting a police officer while carrying a firearm
- Mischief causing damage under $5000 (various household items).
The result of the court appearance today, which is covered by a publication ban, is that the youth will remain in jail for the time being. He is scheduled to appear back in court on February 19th, 2020, for another attempt at getting released.