Police search for suspect following altercation at Oneida Nation of the Thames

OPP say a suspect is still at large and another is in custody.

OPP say a suspect is still at large and another is in custody

A suspect has been arrested and another is still at large following an altercation at Townline Road, OPP say. (File photo/CBC)

The Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation Police Service and Middlesex County OPP are looking for a suspect following an altercation at an address on Townline Road, said OPP Const. Max Gomez. 

One man is already in custody, Gomez said. 

Gomez said the initial call to police suggested that a firearm was involved. When police arrived at the address, a vehicle was observed fleeing the scene. 

The suspect vehicle had been reported stolen to the London Police Service.

The firearm and the vehicle have since been recovered. Gomez said there's no information to suggest the gun was fired. 

OPP Aviation services, the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit and the OPP Canine Unit were called in to assist in the investigation. 

Townline Road, between Ballpark Road and Fairgrounds Road was closed to traffic for about four hours but has been reopened. 

No injuries have been reported. 

Oneida Nation of the Thames Chief Jessica Hill says the incident highlights a need for a stronger police presence in the community. 

"What I'd like to see is a police presence in our community on a daily basis — our own police taking care of the safety of our community members," said Hill. 

"There are a lot of illegal things going on in our community, and we need to make sure that our community members are safe."

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