OPP in Orillia responded to an industrial area near West and Queen Streets around two Thursday morning after receiving reports of a man who claimed to have a gun.
The man was located in a residential area when police arrived, and he fled on a foot. When officers caught up to him, they say the man brandished an edged weapon. A taser was deployed, but the guy managed to make another run for it. He was finally nabbed in a nearby yard and arrested.
Police say he was found in possession of a knife and ammunition.
A 33-year-old Orillia man has been charged with:
- Assault police -weapon
- Escape lawful custody
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a probation order
- Trespass at night
- Fail to comply with a probation order
The accused was held for a bail hearing on Thursday in Barrie.