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Man accused of stabbing officer, police dog in Bridgewater, N.S., sent for 30-day assessment

Family says they had near encounter with assault suspect Tobias Charles Doucette
The six-day manhunt for Tobias Charles Doucette came to an end over the weekend with his arrest.

The man accused of stabbing a police officer and later a police dog has been sent for a 30-day assessment.

Tobias Charles Doucette made a brief appearance in Bridgewater Provincial Court on Tuesday before he was ordered to undergo a 30-day assessment to determine his criminal responsibility.

Doucette is charged with one count each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, assault, injuring a law enforcement animal, mischief under $5,000 and theft of a motor vehicle.

Read more: Man accused of stabbing police officer makes brief appearance in Bridgewater court on Monday

He also faces two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

All of the charges have been laid in connection with events that began when Bridgewater police were called to a domestic violence complaint at the Bridgewater Hotel on July 20.

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The 31-year-old allegedly struck an officer in the neck with an edged weapon.

Doucette immediately fled the area on foot, wearing no shirt and having no shoes.

‘We want a peaceful resolution,’ Bridgewater mayor says as manhunt continues
‘We want a peaceful resolution,’ Bridgewater mayor says as manhunt continues

Police immediately launched a manhunt that would last for much of the week.

The 31-year-old would evade police and, at one point, allegedly stab a police dog helping in the search.

Doucette was eventually found and arrested on July 25 after a call about an attempted stolen vehicle.

Doucette is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. for a bail hearing.

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Nova Scotia RCMP said on Tuesday that police service dog Fergus is “on the road to a full recovery” after being stabbed.

“Fergus received immediate treatment for a stab wound, fought off potential infections and is now on the mend,” RCMP said in a Facebook post.

“We expect he will return to duty later this month.”