Man charged after firearms incident

Pictou County District RCMP has charged a 20-year-old man with multiple offences following an incident in Cape John on April 18.

At approximately 1:05 a.m. on April 18, RCMP responded to a disturbance involving a man who pointed a firearm at someone during a house party on New Rd. in Cape John. Police arrived at the home and learned that during the party, a man pointed a firearm at a woman prior to fleeing the area in a black car. While police were investigating, the Antigonish RCMP was dispatched to a complaint of a motor vehicle collision involving a black car on Highway 104.

Police and EHS arrived at the scene of the collision and found that a black car had hydroplaned off the highway. The driver of the vehicle and sole occupant, a 20-year-old man, was suffering from minor injuries. The man was taken to hospital by EHS for treatment.

Antigonish RCMP members located a gun locker in the vehicle with numerous firearms and ammunition inside. During the search, police also located what they suspected was cannabis.

It was determined a short time later that the man involved in the collision was the suspect involved in the firearm incident in Cape John earlier that evening. It was also determined that the man had been the one to call police initially to the residence in Cape John and had provided false information, as he had claimed to be the victim at the time. The man was subsequently arrested by the Antigonish RCMP at the hospital and, once released, was transported back to Pictou County and remanded into custody.

Callan Kenneth Merrey of Amherst has been charged with the following:

·         Pointing a Firearm S.87(2) CC

·         Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose S.88(2) CC

·         Public Mischief S.140(2) CC

·         Operation of a Motor Vehicle while Prohibited S.320.18 CC

Merrey is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court later today.

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