Press Release

Male arrested for firearms related offences

On Tuesday November 2, 2021, at approximately 3:41 a.m., police received a call to attend the area of Sussex Street, for a report of a possible gun shot.  Investigation revealed that 34 year old, Dusty Mervin BELL, of Carleton Place, had discharged a firearm striking an unoccupied parked vehicle and made threats towards another male known to him.  The vehicle sustained damage as a result. 

On Thursday November 4, 2021 at approximately 10:15 a.m., with the assistance of the OPP Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad, BELL was located and placed under arrest and held for a bail hearing. 

BELL stands charged with the following: 

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm x2
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm x2
  • Occupant of a motor vehicle knowing a firearm present x2
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x2
  • Carless use of a firearm
  • Using a firearm while committing an offence
  • Mischief under $5000.00
  • Uttering threats to cause bodily harm
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order x4
  • Fail to comply with Undertaking release conditions x2
  • Fail to comply with Probation Order release conditions x2

 ***The charges in these matters have not been proven in court***

The Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).