RCMP arrests Embree man after he approached a woman with a knife

RCMP have charged Jeremy Barrett, a 40-year-old resident of Embree.

The man was taken into custody Wednesday following a report that he approached a woman while carrying a large knife.

Shortly after 6:00 p.m., Lewisporte RCMP received the call.

A woman advised that she and her family were driving on Water Street in Embree, and observed a car parked on the road. As the woman drove by the car, the driver applied the horn and the woman stopped to see if the man needed assistance.

The driver exited the vehicle and approached the woman in an aggressive manner, while holding a large knife. The woman was able to escape the area in her vehicle uninjured and reported hearing a number of shots fired in the area moments later.

RCMP officers from Lewisporte, Twillingate, Carmanville and Gander detachments responded immediately to contain the area and while a public alert was being prepared, officers located the car and the driver, Jeremy Barrett, on Route 342 between Lewisporte and Embree shortly after 7:00 p.m. Police conducted a traffic stop and arrested Barrett without further incident.

Officers located two firearms that were not properly stored inside the vehicle, as well as a number of knives, ammunition and other weapons.

Barrett, who is charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, reckless discharge of a firearm and two counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, was held in police custody overnight and attended court today. He was released by the court on a number of conditions and is scheduled to attend court on September 22, 2020.