An alert police officer helped pull over a vehicle containing a loaded firearm and a quantity of narcotics.
On August 8 at around 9.53 a.m., Constable Derek Ma of 32 Division on a general patrol in a marked scout car in the Bathurst St. & Finch Ave. area when he made a routine check of a licence plate.
“I ran a licence plate for a car in front of me and it came back as registered to someone who was wanted for attempted murder and eight firearm-related charges,” said Ma.
The nine-year veteran passed on the information to the dispatcher and waited for backup officers before attempting to pull over the vehicle.
“We stopped the car in an industrial area near Keele St. and Finch Ave. W. and the driver was arrested without incident,” said Ma. “At the time of his arrest, he was found to have a quantity of narcotics. A search warrant was subsequently executed and a large quantity of narcotics, along with a loaded firearm, was located within the vehicle.”
It is alleged the man was involved in a shooting incident on July 29, 2017. He faces several charges, including attempted murder, discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life, the unauthorized use of a firearm. He now faces drug and firearms charges.
Ma said exceptional teamwork led to the arrest of the dangerous suspect.
“With assistance of the dispatcher and the 32 Division C platoon, we were able to effect an arrest without incident,” he said.