Nipigon OPP – Charges laid after shots fired at OPP officers

Two individuals face charges after shots were fired at members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) near Thunder Bay.

On March 8, 2022, Nipigon OPP members had been searching for an individual, considered armed and dangerous, in connection with an earlier incident in the City of Thunder Bay.

While officers were checking vehicles on Highway 11-17 at Davis Road, in the Hurkett area, they located the suspect vehicle. During attempts to stop the vehicle, shots were fired at the officers, who engaged the individual and returned fire.

The vehicle fled the scene and entered a ditch near Davis Road. The driver fled on foot and a suspect was arrested a short time later.

As a result of this investigation, conducted under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, Andrew Plummer, age 34 of Brampton, Ontario has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Attempt to commit murder using a firearm sec. 239(1)(a)
  • Attempt to commit murder sec. 239(1)(b) – three counts
  • Assault a Peace Officer sec. 270(1)(a) – four counts
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm sec. 91(1)
  • Dangerous Operation sec. 320.13(1)
  • Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm sec. 95(a)
  • Discharge a firearm into or at a place in a reckless manner sec. 244.2(1)(a)

A second individual arrested at the scene, Drew MCKENZIE, age 25 of Chatsworth, Ontario has been charged with being an Occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm, contrary to section 94 of the Criminal Code.

Both accused are being held for bail hearings at the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay.

There were no injuries to any of the officers or the suspects, but due to the nature of the incident the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked its mandate. Any further inquiries can be directed to [email protected] or 1-800-787-8529.

Police are asking any members of the public who have information about this investigation to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access them at their email at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.