Man wearing body armour faces multiple firearms charges after following police cruiser in Stephenville, N.L.

Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador – July 30, 2019, at approximately 2:50 p.m., a police officer who was conducting an investigation, observed a man position his car to face the officer’s patrol car. The man exited his vehicle and put on what appeared to be body armour and then reached inside his vehicle.

The police officer repositioned himself and called for additional assistance from other officers. The man followed the police cruiser a short distance through the town of Stephenville until additional officers arrived to conduct a traffic stop on Massachusetts Drive. Officers had weapons drawn and directed the man to exit the vehicle.

Body armour and firearm seized by Bay St. George RCMP following traffic stop in Stephenville on July 30, 2019.
Body armour and firearm seized by Bay St. George RCMP following traffic stop in Stephenville on July 30, 2019.

The driver, 25-year-old Zachary Alexander, from Stephenville, was arrested without incident. A loaded firearm was seized from the vehicle.

He has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without proper licence, careless use/transport of a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. He appeared in court today and was released on a court order with conditions. His next scheduled court appearance is set for August 19, 2019.

During the arrest, multiple people were seen recording the police and the unfolding events. Bay St. George RCMP requests that anyone with video or photographs of the events, please provide them to the local detachment at 40 Oregon Drive in Stephenville. The investigation is continuing and these videos may assist as evidence.

Bay St. George RCMP



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