Nova Scotia

Search for man accused of assault, stabbing now into 3rd day

Tobias Charles Doucette is facing charges of attempted murder relating to the domestic assault and for stabbing a member of the Bridgewater Police Service.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the RCMP

Tobias Charles Doucette is the suspect in a domestic assault, and stabbing of a police officer in Bridgewater, N.S. (Submitted by Bridgewater Police Service)

The search for a 31-year-old Cape Breton man who allegedly assaulted his common-law spouse and then stabbed a police officer is now into its third day.

Tobias Charles Doucette is facing charges of attempted murder relating to the domestic assault and for stabbing a member of the Bridgewater Police Service.

Several homes in the area were evacuated on Tuesday night as police searched the area. The RCMP say they will be in touch with each household when it is safe for them to go back to their home.

Officers were called to a domestic violence complaint at the Bridgewater Hotel on Monday around 11 p.m. Police say Doucette attacked a police officer, stabbing him in the neck before fleeing the scene.

Police said Thursday that Sgt. Matthew Bennett is in stable condition and is recovering in hospital.

Doucette was seen next around 1 p.m. in the LaHave River. The Bridgewater Police Service said officers tried to arrest him, but he stabbed a police dog and fled into the woods off Highway 331 in Conquerall Bank, N.S.

RCMP said on Wednesday that charges will also be laid in relation to that incident.

Bridgewater Police, RCMP and the Department of National Defence have been involved in the search.

"We're relieved that additional resources have come in from the RCMP and the military, a little relieved to know there's a specific search area, but we're still concerned," Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell told CBC's Information Morning on Thursday.

He said that search area is now outside the town itself.

"It's a bit of a shock," he said. "You never think these things are going to happen here."

Mitchell said he hopes the search for Doucette will end peacefully.

"I can't put myself in the head space that Tobias Doucette is in," he said. "He's probably scared and I just hope that he's able to come to the sense that he needs to turn himself in, so it's peaceful."

Doucette is described by police as six-foot-two, weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-800-803-7267.

With files from CBC's Information Morning, Radio-Canada

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