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Man arrested for waving replica gun and threatening paramedics in Dovercourt Park

Last Updated May 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm EDT

A Toronto police cruiser is seen in an undated photo. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman

A 34-year-old man is facing several charges after allegedly waving around what appeared to be a loaded shotgun near Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road Tuesday morning.

Toronto police say the suspect then allegedly began to threaten paramedics at an EMS station in the area just before 7 a.m.

Constable David Hopkinson tells 680 NEWS it was the quick actions of a lone police officer which ended the situation without anyone getting hurt.

“When he got on scene, the suspect was seen re-loading the shotgun, the officer was able to make a quick decision. The suspect was tackled or put to the ground to the ground and arrested.

Hopkinson says it was later determined the gun was a replica.

Abdiaftah Duale, 34, of Toronto has been charged with several offences including pointing a firearm, uttering dead threats and possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace.

He appeared in court on Tuesday.