Residents of St. Catharines, Ontario can breathe a sigh of relief as police have lifted the shelter-in-place order that was put in effect earlier today. The order was issued after reports came in about an armed man in the Lake and Scott streets area, just north of Queen Elizabeth Way.
According to the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), a male suspect entered an Enterprise Truck Rental and allegedly brandished a gun while demanding the keys to a vehicle. After successfully obtaining the keys, the suspect quickly fled the area on foot.
Described by the police as a male wearing a red face mask with a white pattern, a black hoodie, black pants, and dark sunglasses, the suspect prompted an extensive search effort in the vicinity. However, after thorough investigation and search operations, the police have concluded that there is no ongoing threat to public safety.
In a statement, the NRPS mentioned that they have “exhausted search efforts” in the area. As a result, they have decided to lift the shelter-in-place order, allowing residents and businesses to resume their normal activities.
While the suspect is still at large, the police assure the community that there is no immediate danger. However, they urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to help with their ongoing investigation.
Q: Can I go outside now that the shelter-in-place order has been lifted?
A: Yes, residents and businesses are now free to venture outside and resume their normal activities.
Q: Has the suspect been apprehended?
A: No, the suspect is still at large. However, the police have determined that there is currently no ongoing threat to public safety.
Q: How can I help with the investigation?
A: If you have any information or noticed any suspicious activity in the area during the incident, please contact the Niagara Regional Police Service with any details that may assist them in their investigation.