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OPP ends shelter in place order for Belleville-area community after stabbing suspect arrested

Last Updated Mar 21, 2021 at 3:13 pm EDT

Charles "Chuck" Parkinson was the subject of a manhunt after an OPP officer was stabbed during a traffic stop northwest of Belleville, Ont., on March 21, 2021. (OPP/H-O)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has rescinded a shelter-in-place order for a community northwest of Belleville, Ont. following the arrest of a man they say is connected to the stabbing of an OPP officer.

Police asked the residents to lock their doors, windows and vehicles as they searched for a man they allege stabbed an OPP officer during a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

OPP said the officer was trying to stop a vehicle on County Road 14 in the Foxboro area at around 1 a.m.

“During the traffic stop, the suspect’s vehicle did collide with the OPP cruiser,” said OPP media relations manager Bill Dickson Sunday.

The officer was then stabbed when he got out of the car, Dickson said.

The suspect then fled on foot, police said.

The OPP officer suffered serious injuries and is being treated in hospital, Dickson added.

The union which represents OPP officers said in a tweet the officer worked out of the Quinte West detachment.

“Our OPP officer from Quinte West Detachment is in stable condition recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the neck near Belleville,” they tweeted at around 10:15 a.m.

Police said they were searching for 26-year-old Charles “Chuck” Parkinson in connection to the incident

Later Sunday morning, police tweeted that a man had been arrested.

“An individual wanted in connection with a violent assault on an OPP member near Foxboro, n/w of #Belleville overnight, has been arrested without further incident,” OPP said.