Barrie man in hospital, charges pending, after downtown Barrie highrise partly evacuated over bear spray

Suspect said to be a resident of the building

Barrie Police say charges are pending after a downtown Barrie apartment building had to be partly evacuated near noon Monday.

Police got the call before 11:30 a.m. about a person in the building’s underground garage causing a disturbance and damaging vehicles. By the time officers arrived, they say the man had made his way to the upper floors of the building at 15 Maple Avenue. At one point, bear repellant was discharged in a hallway. Residents were evacuated as a precaution.

“Barrie Fire was on scene, on the 15th and 16th floors to provide ventilation,” said Barrie Police spokesperson Peter Leon, adding a 27-year-old man was taken to hospital. Police say the suspect is a resident of the building. County of Simcoe Paramedics were there to assist the displaced residents.

Charges are pending, but Leon indicated the suspect could be in hospital for several days, adding bear repellant can seriously affect the eyes, nose, and throat of anyone who comes into contact with it.