Members of the Bracebridge OPP have laid charges in connection to a firearm-related incident in downtown Bracebridge.
On May 10, 2023, at 10:20 a.m., police received a call from a member of the public reporting that an individual was standing on the sidewalk at the intersection of Manitoba Street and Taylor Road while holding what appeared to be a handgun. Police responded within minutes due to public safety concerns and were able to take control of the individual and place them under arrest. Further investigation revealed that the firearm was a replica.
As a result of the investigation, John Mckeen, age 54, of Bracebridge has been charged with:
- Possession of a Weapon\Imitation for a Dangerous Purpose
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon
- Pointing a Firearm
- Imitation Firearm – Use While Committing an Offence
- Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order
The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge for a bail hearing on May 12, 2023.
Members of the public are reminded that every firearm must be treated seriously as though it is real until proven otherwise to ensure everyone’s safety.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bracebridge OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or crimestopperssdm.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.