The standoff in Portapique, N.S., is over after a 49-year-old man who barricaded himself in a vehicle for most the day was found dead, according to RCMP.

Police said the man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The day started when police found a 47-year-old woman dead at an apartment on Mitchell Drive in Truro Heights.

RCMP would not say how the woman died, but said the 49-year-old man is a suspect in the woman's death.

Their names haven't been released, but sources tell CBC they are Cheryl and Marty Thompson.

Thompson barricaded himself inside a parked vehicle on Portapique Beach Road. The road was blocked off for close to 14 hours and police evacuated nearby houses.

Crisis negotiators were on the scene.

“It's very unusual. You see one constable a year unless you call them down here,” said Jack McBurnie, who lives in the area.

McBurnie said his wife asked one of the officers what was happening.

"There was a man barricaded down at the beach with a gun who was threatening to shoot himself or shoot somebody else," he said.

Truro Heights apartment

RCMP have cordoned off an apartment building in Truro Heights where a woman was found dead early Wednesday morning. (Elizabeth Chiu/CBC)

Doug Myers, who also lives in the area, said he'd come to see "what all the commotion's about."

"It's very rare for out here. You might get a noise complaint, somebody might make a noise complaint and you'll see a cruise come down, that's about it," he said.

"Nothing ever happens out here."

Truro Heights apartment cordoned off

Police are still investigating at the Mitchell Drive apartment. It has been cordoned off with police tape as investigators move through the multi-unit building.

Jeremy Carroll, a neighbour who lives upstairs, said he heard a loud bang and a thumping noise from the victim's apartment this morning.

"It woke me up," said Carroll, who is 14 years old.

He said he often saw the woman.

"She was always happy and nice to anyone that came by, always said hello and she enjoyed fishing with her husband," Carroll told reporters.

"I feel bad for her daughter."

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team is looking into the incident. 


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