Updated: Halifax Public Gardens re-opened after arrest , search for reported firearm

Philip Croucher, Metro Halifax
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Police in Halifax  evacuated the Public Gardens for approximately two hours Monday over a report of a gun inside the popular green space.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said they received a call at 11:06 a.m.  regarding someone acting suspiciously inside the Gardens.

A 24-year-old man was later arrested by police, and the Gardens is locked down as the investigation unfolds.

Bourdages said someone heard a man talking to himself about there being a gun hidden inside the park, and that information was given to someone else, who then called police.

“There’s no indication or sighting of a firearm,” said Bourdages, as officers have descended upon the Gardens in search of a possible weapon.

“We have to take these complaints seriously. .. We are ensuring the park is safe.”

A witness tells Metro he saw a man walking through the Gardens who started saying “nonsensical things” to a couple.

When police arrived, the witness said the man, who didn’t have a weapon, was arrested.

At about 12:20 p.m. Monday, a police K-9 team  arrived on scene.

Bourdages said the 24-year-old is now detained at HRP headquarters and is being questioned by investigators.

The park reopened around 1 p.m.

Geographic location: Public Gardens

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