Grimsby man facing firearms charges after early morning arrest

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A Grimsby man faces four charges including two firearms charges after an early morning arrest by Niagara police on Tuesday.

Officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service were called to the area of South Service Road and Industrial Drive after a suspicious car was reported on Tuesday at 2:05 a.m. Local residents had reported a 2016 red Hyundai Tucson was driving in a suspicious manner.  Police said they followed the car to a parking lot on Industrial Drive off the South Service Road in Grimsby.

An officer called to the scene noticed a black Gamo Swarm Fusion 10x GEN 2 Air Rifle laying on the front seat of the car.  The male driver was subsequently arrested.  Police also allegedly found a quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine on the suspect.

Gamo Swarm Fusion 10x GEN 2 Air Rifle
Gamo Swarm Fusion 10x GEN 2 Air Rifle

Travis Jacob Walters, 33, of Grimsby has been arrested and charged with the offences of:

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm 
  • Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 
  • Unauthorized possession in motor vehicle 
  • Possession of substance (Crystal Methamphetamine) 

Walters appeared at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse on May 25.   He was released from custody with a future court date.

This investigation remains ongoing by NRPS 8 District detectives. Further charges are anticipated, police said in a news release.  They ask anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, extension 1009935.

The police news release added that air guns that have “high muzzle velocities, over 500 feet per second, following expert examination may be deemed to be firearms for purposes of both the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.”