Armed man arrested following Hartland’s Remembrance Day service

by | Nov 21, 2023

Two officers in ceremonial red serge switched from ceremony to active duty

A pair of RCMP officers switched from ceremonial duties to active duty on Nov. 11 following Remembrance Day ceremonies at Hartland War Memorial in front of the Hartland Community School.

In a media release on Nov. 21, the Western Valley Regional Detachment said two West District West District RCMP members, still dressed in ceremonial attire, arrested a man in possession of a loaded gun following the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day ceremony.

The RCMP said Sgt. Dan Sharpe and Cst. Cassandra Duguay were leaving the Remembrance Day ceremony when they observed a suspicious vehicle nearby that they believed to be connected to an unrelated file the police were currently investigating.

When police approached the vehicle, the driver hopped out and fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Sharpe and Duguay apprehended the individual, who was found to be carrying a loaded firearm.

The RCMP said the officers took the 37-year-old man into custody, after which he was released and scheduled to appear in Woodstock Provincial Court on Feb. 13, 2024, at 9 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

RCMP officers, Sgt. Dan Sharp, left, and Cst. Cassandra Duguay, centre, dressed in red serge for the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day service in Hartland, went into action shortly after the ceremony to arrest an armed man. (Jim Dumville photo)

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