Sawed-off shotgun discovered in Oshawa police raid after assault

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Published October 18, 2023 at 3:45 pm

Sawed-off shotgun Oshawa
Police discovered what appears to be a sawed-off shotgun during a raid. via Durham Police.

Police discovered a sawed-off shotgun during a raid they conducted while investigating an Oshawa assault.

Durham Regional Police officers responded to Mary St. and Colborne St. for a wellness check shortly before noon on Oct. 17. The neighbourhood is largely residential, but is also home to a convenience store and the Mary St. Community Public School.

When the officers arrived, they learned a man had fled the area and may have been armed with a gun. First responders found a victim on scene with serious, though not life-threatening, injuries. Police escorted the victim to safe while they called for back-up

The Tactical and K-9 units soon responded to search the area. They soon found a suspect, who they arrested without a problem. He had some minor injuries and the officers took him to hospital for assessment.

Later, investigators got a search warrant and raided a home connected to the suspect. Inside they found a firearm which appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun. While shotguns that are manufactured with a short barrel are non-restricted in Canada, it is illegal for a gun owner to shorten their shotgun’s barrel to less than 8.5 inches. Police did not clarify whether the weapon they found was shortened or manufactured that way.

Investigators have charged Ardalan Ahmadi, 40 of Oshawa, with seven offences including;

  • pointing a firearm
  • assault
  • assault with a weapon,
  • possession of a weapon dangerous to the public
  • uttering threats
  • possession contrary to a court order, and
  • failure to comply with a probation order.

Ahmadi will remain in custody at least until a bail hearing. Anyone with information can call police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5398 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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