BIBLE HILL, N.S. - Colchester District RCMP are investigating a suspicious death in Bayhead.
Shortly before midnight Sunday, RCMP responded to a 911 call from a residence on Clarks Road, Bayhead.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased female. A male suspect was located by members shortly after. The man drove off in a vehicle and police followed.
The man was located near Lockerbie Memorial Cemetery on Highway 6, Tatamagouche. Officers verbally engaged with the man who was inside his vehicle when gunfire was exchanged and the suspect was wounded.
He has been taken to hospital for treatment and remains in police custody. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.
The Northeast Nova Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation into the suspicious death.
The RCMP has referred the shooting incident to the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) who has taken over the investigation.
Both scenes are currently being held by police, who say there is no risk to public safety at this time.
On Monday, James Lane, who is visiting Tatamagouche from Ontario, said he was sound asleep in bed last night when he was awakened by the sharp screams of nearby police sirens.
“I thought they were chasing somebody speeding,” he told the Truro Daily News.
“But I heard bang, bang, bang, bang. That was them shooting at him,” he said, of the man who was shot by police.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact SiRT, toll free, at 1-855-450-2010.
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.