False Alarm: Weapon That Prompted Police Presence in Kitchener Was Pellet Gun

False Alarm: Weapon That Prompted Police Presence in Kitchener Was Pellet Gun

Incident Overview

Waterloo Regional Police were called to the Old Carriage Drive area of Kitchener on Wednesday due to reports of a man walking outside with a shotgun. However, police later confirmed that the weapon was actually a pellet gun.

Public Safety Measures

The public was warned to avoid the area of 200 Old Carriage Drive on Wednesday morning because of the weapons call. Roads and trails in the vicinity were blocked off, and nearby residents were asked to stay inside their homes as a precaution.

School Lockdowns

Multiple schools in the neighbourhood were placed into hold and secures and lockdowns as police investigated. This included several public and Catholic schools, as well as Conestoga College. The schools affected were:

  • Pioneer Park Public School
  • Brigadoon Public School
  • Doon Public School
  • J W Gerth Public School
  • Groh Public School
  • St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School
  • Conestoga College’s Doon campus


In an update shortly before 11:30 a.m., police confirmed that all the hold and secures and lockdowns were lifted. Area roads and trails also reopened. Police stated there was no known threat to public safety and there were no reported injuries.

Arrest and Investigation

On Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed one arrest was made in the area. A male suspect was taken into custody for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was later released without charges, as investigators determined the weapon was a pellet gun and the male was using it on his property. The Waterloo Regional Police Service stated, “It was further determined that no criminal offence had occurred

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