APPLE RIVER - Two Cumberland County men charged with firearms-related offences, and one with attempted murder, were released from custody during a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
Joshua Robinson Nuttall, 24, and Nicholas Owen Phinney, 26, were released on strict conditions.
Nuttall is facing one count each of attempted murder, assault with a weapon, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon.
Phinney is facing one count each of assault with a weapon, uttering threats, using a firearm in the commission of an offence and possession of a weapon.
Cumberland District RCMP community policing officer Const. Dal Hutchinson said members of the Amherst, Parrsboro and Oxford detachments responded to an Apple River residence when the call came in at approximately 11:54 p.m. Sunday.
"It appears that the accused were at the victim's residence on Sunday and at some point, I'm not sure how it came about, they were asked to leave and an argument ensued," Hutchinson said, noting the two accused did leave the residence.
"After they left the victim's residence, they went to another residence before coming back to the victim's place. There, there was another argument, a firearm was pointed at the victim and threats were uttered."
A press release issued shortly after the accused appeared in court said the two men returned to the victim's residence with a shotgun.
"I can say that the shotgun was not discharged," Hutchinson added.
Hutchinson said tensions are running high in the tight-knit community, where everyone either knows everyone else or is related to them.
"All parties, including the witnesses, are known to one another," Hutchinson said.
At the time of the complaint, Hutchinson said officers, assisted by the Northeast Nova Major Crime and Forensic Identification Unit and the Cumberland Street Crime Enforcement Unit, tried unsuccessfully to locate the accused.
The accused were located at a nearby residence and taken into custody late Monday morning.
Nuttall and Phinney were released on a number of conditions, including not having any contact with the victim or witnesses, abstain from alcohol and drug consumption, abide by a curfew and to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.