RCMP charge man after vehicle is struck by a bullet

Nova Scotia RCMP News
WE'KOQMA'Q FIRST NATION, NS

The Richmond/Inverness RCMP Street Crime Unit (SCEU) has charged a man in investigations relating to shots being fired into a vehicle and a break-in to a hardware store.

Police say that on Jan. 25, 2023, at around 1:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots being fired in the area of Dooley's Ln. in We'koqma'q First Nation. Police received a second call a few minutes later indicating that a vehicle travelling through We'koqma'q First Nation on Hwy. 105 had been struck by a bullet.

The vehicle was occupied at the time but no injuries were reported. Police do not believe that the vehicle was targeted.

At around 7:45 a.m., Inverness County District RCMP responded to a report of a break-in at a hardware store, on Hwy. 105 in Whycocomagh, which had occurred overnight. Police learned that ammunition had been taken from the business.

At approximately 2:50 p.m., RCMP officers located and safely arrested an 18-year-old Whycocomagh man and recovered the firearm that was involved in the incident.

The man was held in custody overnight.

Police have charged 18-year-old Colby Paul, of Whycocomagh, with:
• Reckless discharge of a firearm;
• Break and enter and commit;
• Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;
• Careless use of a firearm;
• Unauthorized possession of a firearm;
• Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized;
• Using a firearm in the commission of an offence

Paul is scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on Jan. 26.

Police say the investigation was led by Richmond/Inverness RCMP SCEU with assistance from Inverness County District RCMP, RCMP Forensic Identification Services and the We’koqma’q Chief and Council.