Two arrested, firearm seized during police investigation on High Street

Two people have been arrested and a gun has been seized following a police presence in a Waterloo neighbourhood that nearby residents are describing as “unnerving”.

Police were called to a residence on High Street in the area of Columbia and Weber Streets around 2:30 p.m. on reports of a disturbance with a gun.

Officials say the two men who have been arrested are from Waterloo Region, have been charged with firearm related offences, and no one was hurt from the incident.

Residents of the area like Paula Guerin say they saw around nine police cruisers and heavily armed officers at the scene.

“There was SWAT here, there was a guy at the window looking out the window, there was a cop hiding behind a tree with a gun, there was cops all over the road,” she said.

This marks the second incident in as many weeks that police have been called to the area for reports of a gun-related incident.

“Having a newborn child and hiding him inside the house when all of this is going on is really nerve wracking,” one resident tells CTV News.

Police have not yet said whether the two incidents are related, but add that any day they can take a weapon off the street is a good day.

“Anytime we respond to calls involving weapons, it is concerning,” said Dietrich. “Investigators are working diligently to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”

The scene was cleared by nighttime. No further details about the incident have been revealed by regional police.

With reporting from CTV Kitchener's Stephanie Villella

Two males have been arrested. One firearm has been seized as a result of one of the arrests.

More details to follow.

Increased police presence in the area for most of the evening. https://t.co/9cBd955cSB

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