Colchester RCMP investigating suspicious death; standoff in Portapique

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RCMP are investigating a suspicious death in the Truro area.

TRURO HEIGHTS - The Colchester RCMP are investigating a suspicious death this morning while a man, believed to have been inside the apartment at the time of the death, has barricaded himself in a vehicle in Portapique.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., the RCMP received a 911 call that lead officers to an apartment at 5 Mitchell Drive. Upon arrival, officers found a 47-year-old woman deceased.

The Northeast Nova Major Crimes is at the residence and are currently investigating.

RCMP are also at an area in Portapique where a male, who may have been in the house at the time of the incident, has barricaded himself inside a vehicle on the Portapique Beach Road. The road has been blocked off and according to the CBC, nearby houses are being evacuated.

Neighbours to the apartment on Mitchell Drive were concerned this morning because no one had informed them as to what was going on.

One resident, who wished not to be named, said he was outside for a cigarette at about 3 a.m. and didn't notice any police presence at that time. It was a different story, however, at 4:30 a.m. when RCMP were on scene.

The property is taped off with yellow caution tape, and a grey Alero sat with its trunk open at the back of the property.

Neighbours thought it was a duplex, however four power meters can be scene from Anita Crescent. The property sits on the corner of both streets.

A resident in one of the building's apartments was seen with the back door opened, taking pictures. An RCMP vehicle sat at the back of the property, while RCMP officers were also present on Mitchell Drive and Anita Crescent.

Sgt. Alain LeBlanc, medial relations officer with the Nova Scotia RCMP, said in a press release that more information will be released when it becomes available.

Another resident said the RCMP were checking vehicles on the Truro Heights Connector just before 7 a.m. when he took his girlfriend to work.

According to the Colchester County Fire Emergency Calls page on Facebook, the Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade was called to assist the RCMP with a boat in the Great Village area.

LeBlanc was en route to the area, so couldn't confirm whether the fire brigade was called to assist, nor could he confirm if any residences on the Portapique Beach Road were evacuated.


Organizations: RCMP, CBC, Colchester County Fire Emergency Calls Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade

Geographic location: Portapique, Portapique Beach Road, Great Village

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