UPDATED: Arrest made after Halifax police search for man carrying gun
HALIFAX – Halifax police have arrested a man who was reportedly walking around carrying firearms in the Clayton Park area Tuesday morning.
Police searched the Westridge Drive area after receiving two separate reports of a man wearing camouflage and carrying one or more long guns.
Several patrol, emergency response and canine units responded as officers cordoned off a “vast area” while they searched the neighbourhood.
A short time later, a 35-year-old man wearing fatigues walked out of the woods and turned himself into police.
Police say he was in possession of multiple pellet guns that looked like real firearms, including one that resembled a machine gun.
During the search, the public was asked to stay off a pathway between Lacewood Drive and Main Avenue and the area surrounding the Mainland Common.
Summer camps at the Canada Games Centre on Lacewood Drive were locked down while police looked for the suspect. The facility reported that normal operations resumed after the arrest and everybody on site was fine.
Police said there were no threats made and no violence occurred.
The area has since been re-opened to the public.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post stated the man arrested was in his 20s, which was information given by police at the time. It has since been corrected to say the man is 35 years old.
With files from Brett Ruskin, Rebecca Lau and The Canadian Press
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