(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a male wanted for weapons related offences that took place near Dungannon on Thursday, September 28th, 2017.
A police investigation has determined the owner of a side-by-side utility vehicle (UTV) became aware of information that his stolen machine was being stored at a residence located on River Mill Line. With that knowledge the owner and a friend went to the property to recover the machine however they were met with resistance and a confrontation ensued. Ultimately, the male victims retreated from the property and as they left in their vehicle the wanted male fired a shot from a rifle in the direction of their vehicle.
Police were called to the scene however the male suspect fled in a vehicle and managed to evade police. Police were able to later recover a firearm used in this incident along with the getaway vehicle however the male remains outstanding.
On September 29th members from the West Region OPP Tactics & Rescue Unit (TRU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine, Huron OPP Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU) & Huron OPP executed a search warrant at the River Mill Line residence. Police seized a prohibited weapon (sawed-off shotgun), ammunition and a quantity of cannabis marihuana.
Police have since arrested and charged co-accused Sharon PREISS, 44 years of age, from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh with Possession of Stolen Property – Over $5,000, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Possession of a Prohibited Firearm, Careless Storage of a Firearm, Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Resin and Cannabis Marihuana & Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose. She remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for October 5, 2017 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.
Huron County OPP holds an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Kody JOHNSON, of no fixed address. He is wanted for the same offences as his co-accused, as well as, Assault, Mischief, Careless Use of a Firearm and two counts of Fail to Comply with a Probation Order.
His present whereabouts are unknown however he has ties to Huron, Perth and Bruce Counties.
The accused is described as: Male, white, 6′ tall, weighing around 170 pounds, with a medium build and dark hair.
If located, police should be contacted immediately and no attempt should be made to apprehend the suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect should call the Ontario Provincial Police police at 1-888-310-1122 or their local police authority.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.