Man involved in 23-hour standoff surrenders


An armed standoff in rural Nova Scotia ended with a man surrendering to police Friday night.

RCMP had cordoned off part of the community of Mulgrave after the Port Hawkesbury detachment received a 911 call around 10 p.m. Thursday reporting that a 47-year-old Mulgrave man, who was intoxicated, was inside a home with a gun.

A small area was quickly blocked off, including Main Street. The RCMP emergency response team and a crisis negotiation team were brought in. RCMP maintained contact with the man, who they said was the only person inside the home.

RCMP Const. Jennifer Arnold sent out an email saying the standoff had ended "peacefully" at 9 p.m., after 23 hours.

Neighbours said the man involved was either a current or former member of the military and that he had moved to the area several years ago when he married a local woman.

The Red Cross had set up an emergency shelter, providing cots, blankets and personal-care kits for the 40 residents who were not allowed into their homes during the standoff.

Mulgrave has a population of about 400. It's located in Guysborough County, near the Canso Causeway linking Cape Breton to mainland Nova Scotia.