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Hamilton police searching for ‘suspicious’ armed man wearing blonde wig

Outside of the Hamilton Police Service's central station.
Outside of the Hamilton Police Service's central station. Shallima Maharaj / Global News

Hamilton police are still searching for a suspect who allegedly fired shots during a foot chase Friday night.

Police said they attended the area of Barton Street East and Ottawa Street North regarding a suspicious male Jan. 31. Upon arrival, they saw the suspect who immediately took off.

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During the chase, the male brandished a firearm and is believed to have discharged several rounds in the direction of the pursuing officers.

“The suspect, who was wearing a blonde wig when he was spotted, is described as being clean shaven, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10, with a thicker build,” said Hamilton police Staff Sgt. Will Mason.

The man, believed to be in his 20’s, was dressed all black clothing, police said.

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This investigation is ongoing and members of the emergency response team and the K-9 unit remained in the area of Ottawa Street North and Cannon Street East, actively searching for the suspect.

Police urged anyone who sees the man to call 911.

“The suspect may be dangerous, so don’t open your doors to anyone you don’t know and do not approach him if you see him,” Mason said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Mario Rizzo #928 at 905-546-2918, mrizzo@hamiltonpolice.on.ca or Crime Stoppers.

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