Barricaded man arrested in Deep Bight charged with numerous offences

December 14, 2022
Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release


A number of firearms, ammunition, parts of firearms and cases are displayed on a table inside a building. A number of tools are displayed on the floor in front of the table.

RCMP in Clarenville arrested 32-year-old Dion Avery at a residence in Deep Bight on Monday. Found in possession of firearms while prohibited, he is charged with numerous criminal offences.

Following up on investigations into recent break and enters in Deep Bight, Clarenville RCMP attended the residence of Dion Avery late Monday afternoon. Avery refused to exit the home, barricaded himself inside and was believed to be in possession of firearms.

A short while later, with some negotiations, Avery surrendered himself to police without further incident. He was taken into custody.

Following his arrest, RCMP East District General Investigation Section (GIS) obtained a warrant to search Avery's Deep Bight residence. RCMP officers from GIS, Clarenville detachment and Traffic Services entered the home on Tuesday and conducted a search. Inside, officers located and seized three stolen firearms, two of which were loaded, a quantity of ammunition and a large quantity of suspected stolen tools. One of the firearms had been modified/sawed off making it prohibited and another firearm was in the process of modification.

Dion Avery is charged with the following criminal offences:

  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm knowing it is unauthorized
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order
  • Break and entry to steal firearm
  • Break and enter
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

Avery was remanded into custody on Tuesday. His next court appearance will take place on Friday for the purpose of a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing.


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