Man facing several charges following critical incident in Colchester County

June 17, 2020
Great Village, Colchester County, Nova Scotia

News release

A critical incident in the community of Great Village last evening has resulted in several charges.

At about 5:30 p.m. Colchester District RCMP responded to two related calls originating from the same address on Hwy 2 in Great Village. One call was of threats and the other was of an unwanted person.

While the responding RCMP officer was speaking with the complainant, the man began assaulting the officer without warning, striking him several times causing significant injuries to his face. A struggle ensued between the two, during which the officer attempted to de-escalate the situation. The officer attempted to use a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), which was not successful. The man attempted to take the CEW from the officer, then attempted to take the officer's service pistol. He then threatened to shoot the officer, and barricaded himself inside the home. No one else was inside the home at the time.

Additional RCMP officers responded to the scene. An RCMP Crisis Negotiator and Emergency Response Team (ERT) were called in. The Negotiator attempted several times to communicate with the complainant, however was not successful. A short time after the ERT surrounded the residence, the man exited the residence and he was taken into custody. The police officer who initially responded to the scene sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital by EHS. No one else was injured.

The 49-year-old man from Great Village was held in custody overnight and will be taken to Truro Provincial Court today. He is facing charges of Uttering Threats, Assaulting a Police Officer Causing Bodily Harm, and Obstruction.

The investigation is ongoing.

File # 2020793853

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Contact information

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke
Public Information Officer
Nova Scotia RCMP
Cell: 902-222-0154
jennifer.clarke@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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