February 13, 2015 1:56 am
Updated: February 13, 2015 6:15 pm

UPDATED: SIRT investigating after RCMP find one man dead in Timberlea

RCMP remain on scene at 16 Tiger Maple Drive in Timberlea.

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HALIFAX – The province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) confirmed it is investigating the death of a 19-year-old man in Timberlea, NS.

Diane McGrath, acting director of SIRT, said it is investigating because police were on scene at 16 Tiger Maple Dr. when the man died.

One man was found dead at a home in Timberlea early Friday morning, said RCMP. McGrath said it’s possible police were in contact with the man before he died.

An ongoing investigation led RCMP to 16 Tiger Maple Drive late Thursday night.

“At approximately 1:20 a.m., the RCMP Emergency Response Team entered the residence and found one deceased male inside,” Halifax RCMP said in a release.

Residents reported hearing a gunshot, but police haven’t confirmed how the man died.

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Police went door-to-door in the area warning people to remain in their homes late Thursday night but lifted that warning after they found the body. Sgt. Al LeBlanc told Global News there is no danger to the public.

Neighbours who were asked to stay in their basements Thursday night kept in touch with each other through a Facebook group, Jessica Bowden described what she was seeing to the group. “Guns drawn, guys everywhere, dogs, my heart is beating out of my chest,” she posted.

When she thought the threat was over Bowden wrote “went upstairs. Swat man on doorstep with gun in hand, back in basement.”

On Friday neighbours said a family lives in the house at 16 Tiger Maple Dr. Lise Alexander said the people who live in the house are “very friendly neighbours.” She said the neighbourhood is usually “calm and peaceful,” with lots of families.

“We’re surprised to see the vehicles here this morning and what happened last night,” she said.

LeBlanc said no one is in custody and police are not searching for anyone in connection to the incident.

– With files from Global’s Julia Wong and Rebecca Joseph

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