Nova Scotia

Armed Lawrencetown standoff leads to one arrest

One man has been arrested after he barricaded himself in a house near Halifax with a weapon for hours on Tuesday.

Houses evacuated on Osprey Way

Officers were called to Osprey Way before noon on Tuesday and began evacuating houses on the street. (CBC)

One man was arrested after he allegedly barricaded himself in a Lawrencetown house with a firearm for hours on Tuesday, capping off an intense standoff with police.

Nova Scotia RCMP were called to Osprey Way near Dartmouth around 10:45 a.m. Residents told CBC News that police told them they had to leave their homes for their own safety.

"This morning we received a call from a concerned citizen wanting police to do a wellness check on this individual and when police attended the scene, the man spoke to police briefly and then went back in the house," said Sgt. Al LeBlanc.

Officers surrounded one house on the street. A crisis negotiator was called in. Then a large RCMP vehicle filled with officers clad in camouflage gear and heavily armed rolled into the neighbourhood.

The CBC's Pam Berman reported that just before 12:30 p.m., a woman came out of the house crying and began speaking to police in the area.

Police said they arrested the 43-year-old man without incident around 3:30 p.m. An emergency response team removed him from the home.

At least one gun was seized.

Police said the man lived at the home.

One neighbour said she'll be filing a compliant with police after she was barred from her home for close to five hours.