Nova Scotia

Armed man shot by police in Dartmouth

Halifax Regional Police have confirmed that one of their officers shot a man this evening in Dartmouth.

Halifax Regional Police say man had a weapon and the officer fired. Man's injuries not believed to be life threatening

The man, believed to be in his 30s, has been taken to the QEII with at least one gunshot wound. (Courtesy of Susan Dodgson)

Halifax Regional Police have confirmed that one of their officers shot a man this evening in Dartmouth.

HRP Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said that just after 7 p.m. police confronted a man on Gaston Road. He then produced a weapon. Morris could not confirm what sort of weapon the man had.

Following a short foot chase, they located the man on a ball field behind Prince Arthur Junior High.

"As a result, one of our officers shot the male," said Morris.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, has been taken to the QEII with at least one gunshot wound.

Police said the man was conscious, breathing and speaking when he was taken away by paramedics. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said in a news release.

Eric Ross, who lives nearby said he heard at least four, as many as six shots fired.

"I was watching some TV when I heard this, ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,’ sound. I thought, ‘Oh there are those kids with their fireworks again.’ And probably 20 minutes later I came outside and the whole neighbourhood was out here and evidently somebody got shot out here," he said.

"This is a really quiet neighbourhood, that’s one of the reasons that I picked it because it’s, you know, good neighbours, quiet — it’s pretty shocking actually."

Morris said the man who was shot is known to police.

He said the investigation into the incident is in its early stages.

No officers were harmed in the incident.

The serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is also investigating.

The Serious Incident Response Team investigates all serious incidents involving the police in the province, regardless of whether there is an allegation of wrongdoing.

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