Man walking along Hwy 401 found to be carrying loaded semi-automatic handgun


(THAMES CENTRE, ON) – On October 11, 2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., a Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer responded to reports of a male walking along the centre median of highway 401, near Dorchester Road.

The pedestrian was not located upon the officer’s arrival. A vehicle appeared to be broken down in the immediate vicinity. The officer then observed a male matching the description of the reported pedestrian walking towards the vehicle, crossing 6 lanes of live traffic with a gasoline container.

Upon further investigation, the officer seized a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a small amount of cocaine.

As a result of the police investigation, 24-year-old, Magan Mohamed ABDI, of London has been charged with the following offences pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

  • CC 95(a) Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • CC 91(1) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • CC 88 Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • CC 86(2) Breach of Firearms Regulation-Store firearm or restricted weapon
  • CC 145(3) Fail to Comply with Recognizance
  • CC 108(1)(b) Poss of a Firearm knowing Serial Number has been Tampered With
  • CDSA 4(1) Poss of a Schedule I Substance- Cocaine
  • HTA 1(1) Pedestrian using controlled-access highway

The accused was held in custody and appeared for a Bail Hearing in a London court on October 12, 2017.

“This case is a reminder of the dangers that our law enforcement officers face. Police Officers respond with the intention to help a stranded motorist or pedestrian and are faced with challenging situations. Another gun off the streets, our community is better for it” says Constable Max Gomez, Media Relations Officer, Middlesex OPP.