Several people felt the effects of what Bear Spray feels like after it was used during a dispute at a Malakoff Street residence. On November 15, 2016 at 12:00pm, Police were called regarding a dispute between tenants. After the investigation it was determined that an argument erupted between tenants, verbal threats were uttered and the bear spray was produced. There was also a handgun style BB gun that was produced and used during the course of the disturbance.
As a result a 32-year old St. Thomas man is facing charges of; assault with a weapon X4, unauthorized possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order X4, and was held pending a bail hearing. A 39-year old St. Thomas man faces charges of; uttering threats to cause death, assault with a weapon X2, unauthorized possession of a weapon and was released with a future court date.
The two individuals that were sprayed with the bear spray were taken to the Elgin General Hospital for treatment. Several people that were not directly sprayed showed signs of exposure however did not require medical attention. The male that was shot with with the BB was not severely injured. Bear/dog spray can be purchased at any department store however it is illegal to spray another person, making it a prohibited weapon.