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Wednesday September 1st, 2010

Posted at 1:00am

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A police sergeant, holding what appears to be a shotgun, stands next to two of the four suspects being detained. All four men were eventually found innocent and released. To expand an image to full size, click the image and a smaller image will appear. Click on that smaller image and a full size image will appear. Photo by Aric Aczel.

Windsor Police responded to the area of Hallmark Avenue and Fairlane Crescent around 10:30pm for a report of shots fired.

A resident living nearby stated that he was in his house watching TV when he heard what he believed was two loud gunshots.

But according to police, there is no evidence that a gun was ever fired. Police thoroughly searched the area, and according to Windsor Police’s staff sergeant on duty, no evidence of gun-play was found whatsoever.

Nonetheless, it was still a terrifying experience for residents and police first arriving on scene.

One resident in the area says that he was on his way home when he saw a police officer exit his cruiser parked near the intersection of Hallmark Avenue and Hallmark Lane. The officer then drew his gun and ran towards the scene.

Around 11pm, police had two male suspects in custody. About 15 minutes later, they had another two male suspects in custody.

Police held the four men in custody for about another 20 minutes as they conducted their search for evidence of firearms. Nothing was found, and the men were free to go.

However, in the process of the investigation, police ended up arresting a middle aged female. According to the staff sergeant on duty, she was arrested and transported to police headquarters for an unrelated offense.

Residents in the area state that she was the mother of one of the male parties who was detained. One resident stated that she was arrested for a drug related offense.

According to another resident, the police had been out to the same house before in June 2010 for a similar incident. Apparently that time it involved firecrackers.

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