Man arrested after pointing a firearm at two persons, including a police officer

Maisonette, New Brunswick – A 62-year-old man from Maisonette, N.B., has been charged with pointing a firearm following an incident in the community.

On April 24, 2022, at approximately 1:15 p.m., members of the Caraquet RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance at a home on Rue des Chalets in Maisonette. Police received information that a man had pointed a firearm at someone, and had fled the scene in a vehicle.

Through extensive patrols, the man was observed driving in Paquetville. A marked police cruiser engaged its emergency lights and sirens, and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The driver failed to stop and fled the scene at a high rate of speed while passing other vehicles dangerously. Members of the Bathurst Police Force provided support during the incident.

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Police located the suspect in his vehicle on Goodwin Mill Road in Allardville. The man pointed his firearm at the officer, who was able to retreat to a safe location without injury. The man then fled on foot into a wooded area with the firearm. Several specialized policing services attended the area. As a precaution, residents of the area were asked to remain in their homes. The incident did not meet the criteria for an Alert Ready message.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., the man was located near a wooded area on Highway 134 with the help of the RCMP Police Dog Services and the RCMP Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone). The man surrendered to police and was arrested without incident. Subsequent to the arrest, police seized an unsecured firearm as well as ammunition.

Marcel Gauvin appeared in Bathurst Provincial Court on April 25 and was charged with pointing a firearm. He will return to court on April 28 for a bail hearing.

The investigation is ongoing.

Caraquet RCMP

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