A police operation is underway in Schumacher this morning.

My Timmins Now Dot Com is awaiting details from the Timmins Police Service.  Officers armed with rifles and  dressed in khaki are controlling traffic into and out of the community.

More to follow as soon as information is available right here and on Moose FM News.

UPDATE AT 10:30am

Schumacher residents are being advised to stay indoors.  Police are looking for a fugitive originally from Toronto.  He was in an altercation with officers early today in a hotel parking lot.  He fled and his vehicle was later found abandoned in Schumacher.  An OPP dog is being brought in to track the 19-year-old.  He’s described as black, six feet tall, weighing about 220 lbs with a medium build, brown eyes and black hair.

Police say if anyone spots him, call Timmins Police at 705-264-1201.  Otherwise, they ask you not to call, to prevent clogging up the communications system.

UPDATE AT 2:30pm

Barricades have come down, traffic is moving freely through Schumacher, but the fugitive has not been located.  TPS communications coordinator Marc Depatie says the OPP canine unit has left, but officers are still searching and working on relevant information to determine where the man is or how he might try to get out of Schumacher.

UPDATE AT 4:30pm

A manhunt most of the day in Schumacher has not found the 19-year-old fugitive.  But Timmins Police communications coordinator Marc Depatie says they still think he’s in Schumacher.

“We have no reason to believe otherwise,” he tells My Timmins Now Dot Com.

The TPS emergency response team was supplemented by an OPP canine unit. Although that part of the operation is over, Depatie says efforts are still underway to find him.

“This fugitive is rather aggressive in nature. We believe he’s on foot, doesn’t have access to a vehicle. There’s no viable information that would lead us to believe that he’s outside the area at this time.”

Police are asking Schumacher residents to remain on the lookout, and report any sighting with an immediate call to 9-1-1. Otherwise, if you have information on his whereabouts and don’t feel comfortable reporting it to 9-1-1, you can take the Crime Stoppers route.