Convincing-looking pellet gun seized; pair charged following east-end Barrie weapons call

Two Toronto-area men, aged 16 and 18, facing weapons, trafficking, assault charges

The Barrie Police say two young men are facing charges in connection to several incidents at a house in east-end Barrie.

Officers were called to a home on Shanty Bay Road at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday with reports of armed individuals. The Tactical Support Unit arrived, and the home was entered.

Police say they took two Toronto-area males into custody, aged 16 and 18. Barrie Police spokesperson Peter Leon told Barrie 360 the pair were in possession of cocaine, a green substance believed to be fentanyl, and a pretty dangerous-looking weapon that might have been more for show. “Located in their possession was a sawed-off, pump-action shotgun, which actually turned out to be a pellet gun,” said Leon.

The pair has been charged with dangerous weapon possession and trafficking. Leon said the suspects are connected to an earlier incident at the same location. “In February of 2021, these same two individuals attended the same residence, at which point a person who resided there was assaulted by them,” Leon alleged.

Leon couldn’t provide details on the victim of the assault, including their age, sex, or extent of their injuries, but did say the victim and suspects were known to each other.