Antigonish RCMP charge man with firearms offences following incident in Lower South River

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Antigonish District RCMP has charged a 59-year-old Antigonish man with firearms offences after an incident in Lower South River.

On March 21, 2023, at around 4:40 p.m. RCMP received a request for a well-being check on a man at a Rogers Drive residence in Lower South River, according to an RCMP release.

Police say that the man pointed a firearm at officers that arrived at the scene before barricading himself inside the home. RCMP officers confirmed that the man was alone inside the residence and secured the area.

The Nova Scotia RCMP Emergency Response Team and Nova Scotia RCMP Crisis Negotiation Team were dispatched to the scene to assist. Police say at no time was the man a threat to anyone outside of the home.

An RCMP negotiator spoke with the man inside the home to try and have him surrender peacefully. Neighbouring homes were evacuated to ensure the safety of surrounding residents.

At around 2:15 a.m. on March 22, the man surrendered peacefully and was safely arrested.

Richard Douglas Murray, 59, of Antigonish, has been charged with Pointing a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, and Uttering Threats.

He is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on March 22.