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Kingston stabbing suspect charged with attempt murder after ‘high risk’ arrest: police

Kingston police's emergency response team officers arrested a man wanted in a Comtpon Street stabbing investigation Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

A man wanted in a north end stabbing investigation was arrested Tuesday, Kingston police say.

Just before 5 p.m., in a parking lot of the Kingslake Plaza on Division Street, emergency response team members were able to apprehend 39-year-old Justin Robert Hunter.

Read more: Suspect in serious north-end stabbing still at large: Kingston police

Hunter allegedly tried to take a gun from one emergency response team officer, causing the firearm to discharge, police say.

No one was injured during the incident and the man was taken into custody.

He faces 21 charges in all, which include attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offences. Police add a search of the accused found a loaded 9mm handgun stuffed down the front of his pants. A can of bear mace was also found near the accused and seized by police.

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This is following a serious incident that left a 28-year-old man with multiple stab wounds on Sept. 10. Police say he received life-threatening injuries and was treated at an intensive care unit in Kingston General Hospital. There has been no update on his current condition.

The stabbing took place in the fire lane between Compton and Wilson streets, police say.

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