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Thunder Bay police have charged a Toronto man in connection with a number of violent incidents in the northwestern Ontario city, including a Pearl Street homicide in May.
The 24-year-old was arrested on Monday evening after a struggle with the police.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Ambrose Street around 5:30 PM ET as a result of an investigation involving the suspect.
The struggle began when the police arrived and ended when the man was arrested at around 7.50pm
Police said he now faces a charge of first-degree murder over the Pearl Street murder, which took place on May 15.
James Chapais, 41, of Thunder Bay, was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.
The accused also faces two counts of attempted murder with a firearm stemming from incidents on Ambrose Street on August 21 and on Pearl Street on May 9.
He will appear in court on Tuesday.
In a news release issued late Tuesday afternoon, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said it invoked its mandate and is investigating the arrest, as the accused was hit with a projectile from a less-lethal launcher known as an Anti- Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) and bitten by a police dog, during an “interaction between him and the police” after he came out of the hostel.
The accused was taken to hospital for treatment. No further information was provided.
“The SIU’s mandate was invoked because a police officer fired an ARWEN, which is classified as a firearm,” the release states. “Under the Special Investigation Unit Act, a firearm is defined as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be fired and which is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person.”
Three SIU investigators and two forensic investigators were assigned to the case.