2018-05-30

Suspect in custody after alleged threat at Bridgewater courthouse

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN PHOTO</p><p>Police get ready to clear the scene of Friday&#8217;s courthouse incident.</p>
  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN PHOTO</p><p>Bridgewater Police Cst. Will Creamer, holding a C8 carbine rifle, keeps watch outside the courthouse&#8217;s main doors.</p>

A suspect is facing charges after some tense moments Friday morning at the Bridgewater Justice Centre.

An agitated man involved in a non-criminal court matter allegedly uttered a threat to a female lawyer before proceedings, saying he wanted to come back to the High Street justice centre with a firearm.

The lawyer told someone else about the alleged threat, said acting Bridgewater deputy police chief Danny MacPhee.

The threat resulted in a stop of proceedings and resulted in the courthouse and the adjacent provincial building being put in a lockdown for public safety reasons.

Marked and unmarked police cars blocked the driveway leading to the courthouse while one officer was seen outside the main doors holding a C8 carbine rifle.

The lockdown lasted less than an hour with police arresting a suspect on Aberdeen Road. MacPhee said the Lunenburg County man didn't have a weapon and wasn't on his way to the courthouse at the time he was taken into custody.

There were no injuries.

MacPhee, who lead an active shooter response exercise years ago at the courthouse property, credited sheriffs and his colleagues for how well they dealt with the situation.

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