Arrest warrant issued for suspect in Erie Street shooting

A 23-year-old man who allegedly shot at a vehicle during a dispute on Erie Street East earlier this week was arrested Friday while trying to board a flight out of the country, according to Windsor police.

Shortly after 4 a.m. on May 19, officers responded to a call about shots fired in the 700 block of Erie Street East.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a verbal altercation broke out between two men on foot and several people in a silver Ford Escape. As the van headed west, police said one of the men pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired several shots into the vehicle. The two men then fled on foot to the east.

Police said no physical injuries have been reported as a result of this incident, while the firearm used remains intact.

Investigators identified the shooting suspect as a 23-year-old LaSalle resident and issued an arrest warrant Friday afternoon.

In an update Friday night, Windsor police said the suspect was detained in the greater Toronto area while trying to board a flight out of the country.

The suspect faces the following charges:

  • Discharging a firearm with the intention of endangering a person’s life.
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.
  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted loaded weapon
  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm without a license
  • Possession of a concealed weapon
  • In contravention of section 117(H) of the Firearms Act, regarding the storage and transportation of a firearm and a restricted weapon
  • Failure to comply with a release order

The arrest was made by the Windsor Police Service, in collaboration with the OPP-led Repeat Offender Probation Enforcement Team and other law enforcement partners.