Man Arrested in Deer Lake After Threat to Stop the Election
RCMP took a man from Shoal Brook into custody today after a police pursuit that ended in Deer Lake.
At approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning, police were notified that a man was acting in an unusual manner and said that he was going to Deer Lake to stop the election and made references to firearms.
He departed Bonne Bay in a truck heading towards Wiltondale.
Police responded immediately and located the described vehicle north of Cormack on Route 430.
A traffic stop was attempted but the truck sped up, failed to stop for police and continued to drive towards Deer Lake at a dangerous rate of speed.
The truck continued at dangerous speeds through the community and came to a stop at a local business, which contained the office of a current political candidate.
The man was removed from the vehicle and was arrested in the parking lot.
Officers located and seized a large quantity of various knives inside the vehicle.
The truck was seized and impounded.
RCMP says that there is no concern for public safety and the investigation is continuing. While no charges have been paid at this point police anticipate the man will be charged with a number of offences.
The Liberal Party released a statement saying that the incident was likely targeted at Andrew Furey.
The Liberal Party is offering support to those impacted.