A 20-year-old man is facing charges following an incident in the downtown core Wednesday involving a replica firearm.
It was around 10:40 a.m. when police say foot patrol officers located a sleeping male on the premises of 181 King Street, just east of Richmond Street. Officers were unsure if the man was sleeping or under the influence of a narcotic as he was initially unresponsive, police said.
“The male was eventually woken and while speaking with officers he grabbed a hold of a black handgun,” said a police release. “The officers issued verbal commands and the male subsequently dropped the weapon and was taken into custody.”
The weapon was later determined to be an airsoft gun that looked like an actual handgun.
After being taken into custody, police alleged the man gave officers a false name. Police later determined the man’s real identity and found he had five outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Police charged a 20-year-old man of no fixed address with Public Mischief Providing a False Name, contrary to section 140(1)(b) and Possession of an Imitation Weapon, contrary to section 88(1).
“The London Police Service want to remind the public that although airsoft guns can be purchased without a Firearms Licence they can easily be mistaken as a firearm and precautions should be used when carrying or handling them,” said police.