An 18-year-old is facing charges after a pellet gun was pointed at Carleton University students in a late-night incident over the weekend.
Ottawa police said Monday that they received a call from Carleton campus security at 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Safety officials at the university told police they were investigating an incident involving a person pointing a firearm at students.
Police attended the scene and arrested a teen, recovering a firearm that turned out to be a pellet gun. Officers also determined his driver’s licence was fraudulent.
The Ottawa Police Service said it’s seen a rise this year in replica, imitation and other “authentic-looking” firearms being displayed in public or used in crimes.
“We take these incidents seriously as these are a threat to public safety and as such, criminal charges will be laid against people engaging in such conduct,” police said in a statement.
An 18-year-old from Durham is now facing charges for pointing a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a counterfeit document.
The suspect was released on an undertaking.