Suspect wanted in connection to short-term rental shooting arrested: Hamilton Police

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Published August 24, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Hamilton Police say the suspect in connection to a shooting at a downtown short-term rental unit earlier this month has been arrested.

Hamilton Police say the suspect in connection to a shooting at a downtown short-term rental unit earlier this month has been arrested.

Police Tweeted Monday (August 24) that 18-year-old Christopher Mitchell, who is from the Peel Region, was arrested on Friday.

Mitchell, police say, was arrested somewhere in the GTA but did not specify where and he will be brought back to Hamilton to “face several firearm-related charges.”

On August 14, Hamilton Police issued an arrest warrant for Mitchell after he was identified as a suspect in relation to a shooting incident that took place on August 9 at an Airbnb on Aberdeen.

At that time, police said they were called to the building where the short-term rental is located to reports of a shot fired.

Witnesses say that three men arrived at the building and that within a short time, there were complaints from other residents that they were causing a disturbance.

Police say the property manager tried to evict them but one of the men pulled out a shotgun and pointed it at the property manager and then fired into the ceiling, damaging a light fixture.

No one was injured in this incident and the three suspects were last seen driving away from the scene in a grey SUV, possibly a Toyota.

Police said in a previous press release that they are still working to identify the other two men who are alleged to have been in Mitchell’s company at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Division 1 Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Constable Alex Buck at (905)546-3817.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

CORRECTION: Hamilton Police initially reported that the incident described above took place at an Airbnb rental when in fact it was never advertised on that website. HPS has since issued a correction to clarify that the incident took place at a short-term rental.

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