A man faces 13 charges after police twice located a stolen vehicle, had their own vehicle rammed, chased a suspect on foot, and recovered a firearm with ammunition, police said in a press release today.
The chain of incidents reportedly began on May 4 at 8 p.m. when officers identified a stolen Mercedes Benz near Yorkdale Mall and tried to stop it for investigation.
But the driver rammed a police cruiser and drove off at a fast speed, police said.
When officers found the vehicle again, the driver this time allegedly took off on foot near Lawrence Avenue West and Dufferin Street.
Observing the man had a firearm in his hand, officers gave chase, bringing in the major crime unit and a K9 Unit.
With the help of members of the public, they caught the man, they said.
A Taurus G2C .40 calibre firearm and 10 rounds of ammunition were reported recovered.
Shane Smith-Thomas, 32, of Toronto has been charged with possessing property obtained by crime exceeding $5,000, possessing a firearm while prohibited, possessing a firearm obtained by crime, failing to stop for police or pursuit, dangerous operation of a vehicle, failing to comply with a release order, and seven other counts.
He appeared virtually in court on May 5.