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Assessment of standoff suspect needs more time

More time is required to complete a mental health assessment of aStewiacke-area man who last week was involved in a lengthy standoffwith the RCMP.

More time is required to complete a mental health assessment of a Stewiacke-area man who last week was involved in a lengthy standoff with the RCMP.

Clifford Carl Brown, 44, of Lanesville near Stewiacke has been remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth until Nov. 2 to complete his mental health assessment.

He is to appear in provincial court in Shubenacadie at 9:30 a.m. that day for a show cause hearing.

Brown was arrested last Tuesday evening after holding police at bay from inside his home for about 28 hours.

More than 50 RCMP officers from throughout the Atlantic provinces, a helicopter and search dogs were involved in the lengthy operation during which shots were allegedly fired.

Although police had him surrounded during the incident, Brown escaped into the woods for about six hours before eventually surrendering to officers patrolling the area.

Yesterday, two new charges were added to those he already faces, including use of a firearm (a 12-gauge shotgun) during flight after committing mischief and unsafe storage of a .44 calibre handgun.

Brown had earlier been charged with two counts of careless use of a 12-gauge shotgun; carrying a .44 calibre handgun for a dangerous purpose; carrying a concealed weapon (the handgun); threatening to cause the death of Stephen Innocente; assault by use of the shotgun; mischief by causing damage to a 2000 GMC truck; mischief by causing damage in excess of $5,000 to a police robot and mischief by damaging a sophisticated police cellphone.

 
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