Update – 2:00 PM 

The target of the break and enter was the firearms at Canadian Tire. Some guns have been taken, and the suspect does have a long gun on him. Because of this, public safety is still a concern.

Police say they don’t know who the suspect is at this point, they are trying to track down his identity, and because of that there’s no confirmation if there is any connection to the two missing suspects wanted for first degree murder in Toronto. Only one suspect can be confirmed right now.

Police have been watching the security tapes inside of Canadian Tire, but won’t say what kind of activity is going on inside.

It is believed that the suspect is within their blocked off perimeter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he is still inside of the Canadian Tire building. The OPP is taking over the case now because they have more resources available. Once Timmins Police realized the suspect was armed, they called in the provincial police team. They brought in their Emergency Response Team, Canine Unit, and Tactical Unit, along with two helicopters from Sudbury and Orillia. More OPP officers are on their way.

The public is asked to stay away from the area, and to not call police regarding any questions about store closures. As it stands now, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Michael’s, Penningtons, and Marks are all closed. The perimeter has Hwy 101 W closed at Government Road and at Jaguar Rd. There is a detour via Shirley St/Jaguar Rd.

We will continue to bring updates as they become available.

Original Story – 

The situation is tense in Timmins, as an armed individual is still holed up in the Canadian Tire.

Public safety is a concern at this point. The area has been evacuated, and Riverside has been blocked off going both directions.

Police aren’t saying what kind of weapon they have or who they are, as the investigation is still in its early stages. Timmins Police and the OPP are on scene, as more than one police helicopter has landed in the general area.

At this time there are no hostages that we are aware of. Police say it is still unknown if this situation is connected to the two homicide suspects wanted for first degree murder from Toronto. There was an unconfirmed sighting of the two in Timmins earlier this week.