Kingston, Ont., residents able to leave homes as search for man continues

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Police in Kingston, Ont., investigate an apparent vehicle crash that led to a man allegedly shooting a firearm on June 5, 2021. The man fled the scene and as of mid-afternoon had not yet been located. (Kingston Police - image credit)
Police in Kingston, Ont., investigate an apparent vehicle crash that led to a man allegedly shooting a firearm on June 5, 2021. The man fled the scene and as of mid-afternoon had not yet been located. (Kingston Police - image credit)

Police in Kingston, Ont., say residents in the Rideau Heights area can leave their homes even though officers are still searching for a man believed to have fired a gun following a Saturday morning crash.

Officers were dispatched to the area near Montreal Street and Highway 401 at approximately 8:45 a.m. Saturday due to a suspected altercation involving the use of a pistol.

A man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but police said those injuries don't seem to be gunshot-related.

It's believed the altercation occurred after a collision involving "one or more vehicles," said Kingston Police Sgt. Steven Koopman.

Police had blocked off much of the area, using canine units to help search for the man, but the perimeter has now been lifted.

"There doesn't appear to be a random aspect to it," Koopman told CBC News. "I don't think the public need to worry about this individual wanting to indiscriminately shoot residents."

At one point more than a dozen police cruisers were involved in the search for the man, Koopman said. Police are investigating whether the man used some form of transportation to flee, he added.

The suspect is believed to be a man in his 20s who was wearing a white shirt and blue pants.

Those with information about the man's whereabouts are asked to contact police and not to approach him. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling 613-549-4660 ext. 0.

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