Officer tackles man wielding replica shotgun in front of paramedic station
Toronto Paramedic Station 33 is shown in a Google Streetview image from July 2018.
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:48PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:40PM EDT
A 34-year-old Toronto man is facing eight charges after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at paramedics and threatened them in Bloorcourt early Tuesday morning, forcing a responding police officer to tackle him to the ground.
At 6:54 a.m. Tuesday officers were called to Toronto Paramedic Services Station 33, on Bloor Street West, west of Ossington Avenue, for a report of a man with a gun.
Investigators allege the man was holding what appeared to be a shotgun and yelling at paramedics inside the station.
He allegedly pointed the gun at the paramedics and then put on a mask.
As he appeared to be loading the shotgun, a responding officer reportedly tackled him to the ground and he was arrested.
Police later found that the shotgun was a replica, incapable of firing live rounds.
A suspect identified as Abdiaftah Duale has been charged with pointing a firearm, uttering death threats, weapons dangerous and using a disguise.
He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-1400.