Severn Twp man charged after witnesses say he shot at another man


(SEVERN, TWP) – On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to reports of shots being fired on Burnside Line in Severn Township.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. police were dispatched to Burnside Line in Severn Township with reports of shots being fired at another person. Police arrived at the location and were told by witnesses that a male had fired a gun at another male. The suspect was identified as the resident of the house police attended and a description was given to police. Responding officers quickly arrested the suspect without further incident.

As a result of the investigation police have charged Severn Township resident, Richard JARVIS, age 56, with the following offences:

  • Careless Use of a Firearm, section 86(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Assault with a Weapon, section 267(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possess Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, section 88(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Utter Threats to Cause death, section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Discharge firearm – Recklessness, section 244.2(1)(b) of the Criminal Code

The accused has been held in custody pending a court appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on June 22, 2017.

The Orillia OPP continues to investigate this incident. If anyone witnessed this or has information regarding the circumstances they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122.

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).