By Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
LAWRENCETOWN - A 43-year-old man is facing several charges, including assault with a weapon and uttering death threats, after he allegedly barricaded himself inside a Lawrencetown home for more than five hours on Tuesday.
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27 Osprey Way in Lawrencetown.
Troy Learning of Lawrencetown appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Wednesday morning to face many other charges, including pointing a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, careless use of a firearm as well as four counts of unsafe storage of a firearm.
The case was adjourned until Sept 27. In the meantime, Learning will be held at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Burnside where he’ll undergoes a psychiatric assessment to determine if he’s fit to stand trial.
RCMP spokesman Sgt. Al LeBlanc wouldn’t provide details about the circumstancesleading to the standoff, nor would he elaborate on the charges, which he said could compromise the case.
“Unfortunately this information would come out in court,” he said. “The reality is the investigators want to preserve the integrity of the investigation.”
The standoff at 27 Osprey Way began at about 10:45 a.m. after RCMP were tipped off by a concerned citizen about a man’s wellbeing, and ended around 3:30 p.m., shortly after a crisis negotiator along with about a dozed RCMP Emergency Response officers armed with assault rifles arrived on scene.
About seven homes on Osprey Way were evacuated during the standoff, and police barricaded off the road.
LeBlanc said that Learning remained in custody after his arrest on Tuesday and he did not need medical attention.