Port Elgin locked down following disturbance

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PORT ELGIN, N.B. - Homes and businesses in Port Elgin were locked down for about two hours Tuesday, after a disturbance caused by a New Brunswick man.
Cpl. Don Moore, acting team leader of the Sackville RCMP, said Tuesday afternoon that a young man had called 911 on in the morning and told the dispatcher he wanted to kill himself and that he was in possession of a firearm.
"We didn't know exactly where he was or what his intensions were, but we did have a general idea of where he was located, so we contacted local businesses in Port Elgin to advise them to lock their doors and not let anybody in or out until we had located this guy and we were sure that the area was safe," Moore explained.
After about two hours of searching, the man was apprehended near a beach at the end of Station Street.
He was then taken into custody and transported to the police lock-up in Shediac.
The man's name was not made public, as charges had yet to be laid.
Moore said it is likely the man will be charged with a firearms offence.
Thirteen police officers, including three hostage negotiators and a police dog, from the Port Elgin, Sackville, Shediac and Codiac (Moncton) RCMP detachments were called in to assist in the search for the man.
Moore said that the public was not at risk during the incident, adding the lockdown of homes and businesses was done as a precaution.
"We were in contact (via cell phone) with the man during most of the incident and our hostage negotiators were on the scene as well to assist if necessary. But the incident ended peacefully," he said.
It is expected that the man in question will be in court on this morning to face firearms charges.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Port Elgin, New Brunswick, Shediac Moncton

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