Two men arrested in Oakville after tow truck shooting in London


Published November 14, 2022 at 11:37 am

Two men in a tow truck were located and arrested in Oakville after a shooting that occurred Saturday night (Nov. 12) in London.

The two men, who hail from London and are both in their 20s, are facing charges after allegedly firing gun shots at a rival tow truck company in the south of part of the city.

The incident began around 10:20 p.m. in south London when a man in a tow truck owned by a London company was being followed by a rival company’s tow truck while he was heading southbound on Adelaide Street South approaching Osgoode Drive.

An occupant of the rival tow truck would fire six rounds from a handgun at the man. Five shots would strike the tailgate and one round went through his rear windshield.

The tow truck with the two suspects would flee the scene and was last seen travelling southbound on Dearness Dr.

A short while after, London police were contacted and a description of the suspect tow truck was obtained by officers and evidence that a firearm had been discharged was recovered in the area.

With the assistance of Halton Regional Police, officers were able to track the suspect tow truck into Oakville where the two men were arrested.

London Police have charged Ali Banga, 25, and Blake St. Dennis, 21, with occupy motor vehicle with firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm with intent to injure and possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a licence.

Banga was solely charged with breach of probation, and two counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order.

St. Denis was solely charged with failing to comply with a release order, and failing to stop for police.

No injuries were reported.

Police said both of the accused were scheduled to appear in London court on Monday (Nov. 14).

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call the London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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