Male Arrested with Loaded Firearm after Foot Pursuit

Hamilton Police have arrested a 21-year-old male, after a firearm was pointed at a member of the public.  

On Saturday, June 3, 2023, shortly before 7:00p.m. Hamilton Police responded to the area of Centennial Parkway and Neil Avenue for reports of an individual with a firearm. A citizen was walking his dog in the area, when a male exited a residence, began yelling and pointed a firearm at the victim. The citizen called police.

Police immediately set up a perimeter in the area, located the suspect and became involved in a foot pursuit, where the male suspect ran into a commercial business. Police affected the arrest and located a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun.

The accused, Devan Frank Butler, a 21-year-old man of Hamilton, has been charged with the following offences;

  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Prohibited Firearm Loaded
  • Tampering with Serial Number of Firearm
  • Point Firearm
  • Use Firearm in Commission of Offence
  • Careless Use of Firearm
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Utter Threat to Cause Death or Bodily Harm
  • Assault (Weapon)

Devan Frank Butler’s bail was opposed.

Since the beginning of the year, Hamilton Police have seized 80 crime guns, this is a 45 % increase year to date from 2022.  

This is not the end. Hamilton Police will continue to engage with our community, police partners and share information in order to provide community safety. The citizens of Hamilton need to continue to feel safe in their communities and as a community we need to stop gun violence.

Public safety is a shared responsibility, in which both citizens and police have important roles.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com