Chatham cop draws gun when confronted by knife-wielding man

A Chatham-Kent police officer drew his firearm to deal with a situation involving a 27-year-old Tilbury man wielding a knife on Thursday night.

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A Chatham-Kent police officer drew his gun to deal when confronted Thursday by a 27-year-old Tilbury man wielding a knife.

Police said the officer arrived at a disturbance call in Tilbury around 7:30 p.m., where a man was acting in an aggressive manner while holding a large steak knife.

The officer drew his gun and ordered the man to drop the knife, police said. After several demands, the man complied and was taken into custody, police said.

The suspect was charged with being in possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault with a weapon, and taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.

Prohibited weapon

A 23-year-old man of no fixed address was allegedly found with a prohibited weapon when stopped by Chatham-Kent police around 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Margaret Avenue in Wallaceburg.

Police said the man was found and arrested for being wanted for property-related crimes and failing to attend court last month.


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While being searched during the arrest, police said the accused was found with a can of mace, which resulted in him being additionally charged with being in possession of a prohibited weapon.

He was placed in custody pending a bail hearing.


Chatham-Kent police are investigating three separate break-ins that resulted in items worth thousands of dollars being stolen.

Police said the Joshua Ministries on Ursuline Avenue was broken into some time late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, resulting in the theft of two Behringer microphones, two Behringer 15-inch speaker towers, two soundboards, a projector, a 17.3-inch Toshiba laptop computer, a Fender Strat electric guitar, a Seagul acoustic guitar and boxes of canteen candy, with a total estimated value of $9,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Paul Hendrie at or 519-436-6600 ext. 87138.

Police are also investigating the theft of a restored 1930s double-nosed 15-foot rowboat with dark stain, valued between $10,000 to $15,000, that was stolen some time over the past three weeks after a barn on Cider Mill Line was broken into.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Chris Wegrzyn at or 519-436-6600 ext. 83064.

Police said about $3,000 in damage was caused when a home on Tecumseh Line was broken into Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

A diamond engagement ring was stolen during the break-in, police said.


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Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Jeff Murray at or 519-436-6600 ext. 87108.

Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) regarding any of these incidents.

Resisting arrest

A 36-year-old Chatham woman was taken into custody after Chatham-Kent police responded to a disturbance at a Chatham home Thursday morning.

Police spoke with the two women present in the home and determined no one was needed help.

After leaving, police learned one of the women had falsely identified herself. Police allege she used an alias because the homeowner was on conditions not to communicate with her.

When police returned to the home in the afternoon to arrest the homeowner, she resisted by pulling away.

The accused was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and failing to comply with her release conditions. She was held in custody pending a bail hearing, police said.

Fraud charges

A 33-year-old Tilbury woman is facing charges in connection to the use of fraudulent prescriptions.

Last month, Chatham-Kent police were called regarding a fraud complaint.

Police allege the accused went two different pharmacies in Tilbury with fraudulent prescriptions that were stolen from a dental centre.

A pharmacist, who was suspicious, made further inquiries, resulting in the accused identifying herself as the dentist who prescribed the medication, police said.

The accused was found earlier this week and arrested. She has been charged with fraud-related offences, personation and three counts of drug possession.

She was released with an Oct. 17 court date.

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