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Two guns seized and arrests made after gunshots heard in Ridgemont area

An investigation lead to a traffic stop near Montreal Road, where the suspects were apprehended.
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An Ottawa Police cruiser sits outside of an apartment on Range Rd., August 18, 2017. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

Two Ottawa men are facing weapon-related charges after reports of shots fired on Grasmere Crescent, just east of Bank Street and south of Heron Road.

Officers were called to the Ridgemont neighbourhood around 1:30 a.m., Thursday, after the reported gunshots.

During their investigation, officers began searching for a vehicle that had fled the scene. A broadcast was put out to all officers on the road and the suspected vehicle was spotted by in the Montreal Road area and stopped.  

Two suspects were arrested and a search of the vehicle turned up two loaded handguns, one of which turned out to be a replica.

Michael Tountas, 28, of Ottawa, has been charged with:

  • Possession of a weapon (2 counts)
  • Occupy motor vehicle with firearm
  • Possess loaded regulated firearm
  • Possess restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Possess restricted or prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a licence and registration certificate

Edward Joseph Theodore McGrath, 52, of Ottawa, has been charged with:

  • Use firearm/commit indictable offence
  • Use/handle/store firearm, etc. Carelessly
  • Point a firearm
  • Possess weapon, etc./dangerous to public peace
  • Possess restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Possess restricted or prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Occupy motor vehicle with firearm, etc.
  • Possess loaded regulated firearm
  • Possess firearm, etc. While prohibited
  • Common nuisance/endanger lives or safety of public
  • Discharge firearm being reckless as to the life or safety of another person
  • Uttering threats/death or bodily harm
  • Assault

Tountas and McGrath were expected in court Thursday afternoon. 

Ottawa police have seized 15 illegal guns in 2019. 




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