Stewiacke-area man sent for mental health assessment

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - A Stewiacke-area man arrested Tuesday following a lengthy standoff with the RCMP has been sent
to Halifax for a mental health
Clifford Carl Brown, 44, of 85 Jameson Rd., appeared briefly in provincial court in Truro Wednesday afternoon. Unshaven with short-cropped white hair and clad in a set of white, disposable coveralls, he sat calmly through the brief hearing.
Brown was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday after holding police at bay for about a day-and-a-half from his small, shack-like residence.
He faces two charges of careless use of a 12-gauge shotgun, carrying a .44 calibre handgun for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon (the handgun), threatening to cause the death of Stephen Innocente, assault by use of the shotgun, mischief by causing damage to a 2000 GMC truck, mischief by causing damage in excess of $5,000 to a police robot and mischief by damaging a police cell phone. Brown is to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday following a five-day assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital to determine whether he is mentally fit to be criminal responsible for his alleged actions.

Organizations: RCMP, East Coast Forensic Hospital

Geographic location: Stewiacke, Halifax

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