Active military member in custody after shooting on Halifax military base

Published on January 19, 2014
CFB Halifax Base Commander Capt. (Navy) Angus Topshee briefs the media after an active military member was taken into custody following a shooting inside a military residence at 12 Wing Shearwater.
Metro Halifax/Geordon Omand

SHEARWATER - Military police at CFB Halifax have confirmed an active member of the Canadian Forces is in custody following a shooting Saturday morning inside a military residence at 12 Wing Shearwater.

Assisted by officers from the RCMP and Halifax Police Department, military police responded shortly before 10 a.m. to reports of shots fired at a house on Banshee Avenue.

By 10:15 a.m. the situation was under control and no one was injured.

Base Commander Capt. (Navy) Angus Topshee confirmed the shooting took place inside the house of the member in custody and that no military firearms were involved in the incident.

“We’re extremely pleased the situation was able to be resolved without injury to anyone,” said Topshee.

“We’ll be continuing a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened.”

The investigation will include a medical analysis of the member in custody, he said, including whether mental illness played any role in the incident.

“That will be a big part of the investigation — to determine (whether) this is attributable to post-traumatic stress,” said Topshee. “Obviously we’re very interested in finding that out.”

No charges have been laid.