A Bracebridge man who threatened to shoot an OPP officer with their own firearm pleaded guilty to multiple offences in court this week.
Timothy Jackson, 41, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a police officer, and another count of threatening death to a police officer.
Court heard that on March 31, 2021, the OPP received a call about a disturbance in Bracebridge and officers were dispatched.
In a basement apartment in the residence, they found Jackson highly intoxicated, along with two other people and the room in shambles.
Court heard that Jackson stumbled towards the officers pointing at one of them and telling them he was going to take their firearm and shoot them with it. The officers attempted to de-escalate the situation and backup officers were called in. The backup officers arrived and the police drew a taser. Jackson went for the officer and was tasered but it had little effect and melee ensued. Eventually, the officers were able to bring Jackson under control and he was arrested.
Two officers were taken to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital with injuries and later discharged.
Jackson has a record including crimes of violence and impaired driving causing bodily harm stemming from a serious accident on Golden Beach Road in 2009. Court heard that in total, Jackson has been found guilty of some 15 offences since 2001.
The Crown asked for 60 days in jail and two years probation. The defense requested no jail time, as Jackson suffers from mental health issues and alcoholism.
Jackson told the court he has been sober since the offence, and he apologized for his crimes and said it wouldn’t happen again.
Jackson was ultimately given a suspended sentence and two years probation.
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