New Brunswick

2 people in custody after standoff in village south of Fredericton

RCMP took two people into custody Thursday after a standoff in Tracy that led police to block access to a one-kilometre stretch of highway through the village.

RCMP closed Route 101 through Tracy after report of firearm

Multiple RCMP vehicles were outside a property off Route 101 in Tracy this morning. (Shane Folwer/CBC)

RCMP took two people into custody Thursday after a standoff in Tracy that led police to block access to a one-kilometre stretch of highway through the village.

At least seven RCMP vehicles and one armoured vehicle had been dispatched to the village about 35 kilometres south of Fredericton earlier in the day. A negotiator and a police canine unit were also on the scene, which centred on a trailer not far from the village office. 

A man and a woman who had been inside the trailer were eventually taken into custody, and the barricade was taken down.

CBC News has identified the man as Paul LaPointe.

Police closed Route 101 from Boone Road to Willow Avenue and reopened  it at 11:30 a.m. 

Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, a spokesperson for New Brunswick RCMP, said police received a report shortly after midnight about an incident involving a firearm.

"When police arrived the two people inside the residence refused to co-operate or speak with police," she said.

There were no injuries, but a house next door was evacuated. 

LaPointe had been associated with years of gang activity in Toronto, but after dealing with mental health issues, he went on to become a reformed criminal. Last year, he published a book, From Cell to Sanity, about turning his life around.

Paul LaPointe has been identified as the man taken into police custody on Thursday in Tracy. (Paul LaPointe/Facebook)

Rogers Marsh wouldn't say whether the police activity was connected to an incident that happened during the night outside the barricaded area.

Floyd Ingram of Yes Bye Fries, on Route 101, said someone shot through the window of his home. Both the business and the house are on the same property.

Ingram said the business would be closed for the day. 

The village office and Canada Post were among the buildings located in the area barricaded by police.

Tracy is a community of about 500 people. 

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Elizabeth Fraser

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Elizabeth Fraser is a reporter/editor with CBC New Brunswick based in Fredericton. She's originally from Manitoba. Story tip? elizabeth.fraser@cbc.ca

With files from Shane Fowler

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