(OXFORD COUNTY, ON) – On Sunday, February 7, 2021, at approximately 12:13 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Oxford County Detachment, along with Oxford County EMS responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call for a weapons complaint at a Thames Street South, Ingersoll address.
It was determined that the owner of a pickup truck was working at a nearby business when they came out to their vehicle and encountered an unknown person inside. The owner then became involved in a verbal altercation which then turned into a physical confrontation. The suspect then discharged a firearm striking the victim causing serious but non-life threatening injuries and stole a pickup truck. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital and has since been taken to a London area hospital for further treatment.
The stolen vehicle that fled the area in an unknown direction was later involved in a collision at Cockshutt Road and Concession 2 of Townsend in Norfolk County, Ontario. The suspect displayed a firearm and then stole a white coloured Dodge Ram pickup truck from a Good Samaritan that stopped to assist with the crash. The truck then fled from the area and was later located by OPP Aviation Services. No injuries were reported.
The suspect was described to police as a Caucasian male, 5’6 to 5’8, 150 to 170 lbs, 30 to 40’s of age, pocked marked face with sunken cheek bones, dark eyes, brown unkempt hair with a goatee. He was wearing a black coat with a hood along with a hooded sweatshirt with both hoods pulled over his head.
The suspect involved is these incidents is considered to be armed and dangerous and poses a threat to public safety. Police remind all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times. The OPP’s website opp.ca, contains a number of useful and resources tips and links.
The Oxford County OPP along with members of the West Region Crime Unit are continuing to investigate and is seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. If anyone has any information or video surveillance that may have captured the stolen vehicle or suspect involved, they are being asked to contact the Oxford or Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.comwhere you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
The investigation is continuing and updates will be provided when new information becomes available.