Kingston Police have charged a local man after a shooting and collision between two vehicles in the city’s north end last Saturday.
Emergency services were called to the area of Montreal Street and Highway 401 at about 8:45 a.m. where there had been an altercation between the drivers of a Ford Fusion and a Cadillac CTS. During the altercation, a firearm was discharged and a 40-year-old man received non-life-threatening injuries from an assault, according to police.
When crews arrived they found that the Ford Fusion had been driven through a bus shelter and that the driver had fled the scene.
Following an investigation, Kingston Police have charged William Bryant, 34, with 15 offences in connection to the incident.
They said in a news release that their investigation revealed that Bryant and the victim had met just north of Highway 401 in the carpool parking lot. There the victim was assaulted and Bryant fired the gun, police said. They claim that when the victim tried to leave in his Cadillac, Bryant drove his Ford Fusion into it.
“The Ford Fusion followed the Cadillac CTS southbound on Montreal Street eventually crashing into a Kingston Transit bus shelter just south of Sheppard Street,” police said. “Witnesses to the collision observed the (suspect), who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, get out of the driver’s seat and flee the area on foot.”
The initial incident drew attention as police sent out an alert to the Rideau Heights area via Twitter, informing them that there was a man with a gun on the loose. They searched the area but were unable to find the accused at the time.
Police continued to investigate and received tips from the public. With new information police were able to identify Bryant as the assailant.
On Thursday at about 11:25 p.m. police found Bryant in the passenger seat of another vehicle being driven on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard near Norman Rogers Drive.
“The Kingston Police Emergency Response Unit conducted a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle and (Bryant) was subsequently arrested,” police said. “(Bryant) was not found in possession of the handgun at the time of his arrest and investigators are continuing to investigate the location of the firearm in question.”
Police said that when they searched Bryant they found a number of substances they believe to be crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl as well as a large sum of cash. Further investigation revealed that Bryant is prohibited from driving and is also prohibited from possessing firearms.
Police charged Bryant with four counts of possession of a firearm while prohibited, two counts each of possession of a schedule 1 drug for the purpose of trafficking and breaching his probation, and one count each of assault with a weapon, discharging a firearm while being reckless as to the life or safety of another person, possession of a weapon for committing an offence, possession of a restricted firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate, dangerous driving, driving while prohibited, and leaving an accident scene while failing to stop and provide his name.
Bryant appeared in bail court on Friday. None of the charges have been proven in court.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident on June 5 or who has any additional information about it is asked to contact Det. Jason Alblas of the Major Crime Unit at 613-549-4660, ext. 6267, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips can also be provided anonymously by calling 613-549-4660, ext. 0, and asking to remain anonymous.