K9 Riot takes down armed suspect in Ajax


Published September 1, 2021 at 1:05 pm

K9 star tracker Riot brought down an armed suspect in Ajax in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Durham Police responded to a break-and-enter in progress call on Hewlett Crescent at 2:30 a.m. The resident heard noises in his backyard and when he went to investigate he found the suspect attempting to break into a rear window.

The suspect, who was armed with a gun, was unsuccessful in gaining entry and fled.

PSD Riot and his handler tracked the suspect along Barbour Street in Ajax where he was caught by Riot. The man was taken to local hospital with minor injuries from a dog bite and released.

An investigation revealed the suspect committed a home invasion on the same street prior to the break and enter and confronted two teen residents while armed with a gun. The suspect fled the first home without taking anything.

Police searched the immediate area and located a loaded firearm.

Avante Harrison,18, of Burcher Street in Ajax is charged with Home Invasion; Loiter/Prowl at Night x2; Attempt Break and Enter; Point Firearm x2; Assault with a Weapon x2; Possess Weapon for Committing an Offence x2; Firearm Unauthorized Possession x2; Uttering Threats of Bodily Harm and Death; Weapons Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession; Prohibited/Restricted Firearm with Ammunition and Possession of a Weapon Obtained by Crime.

He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact D/Cst. Shaddick of the West Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 2531.

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