RCMP have charged a 60-year-old man with first-degree murder in relation to the shooting death of a Little Tancook Island man.
Nova Scotia RCMP were alerted to the discovery of a body on the island, in the Chester area, shortly before 9 a.m. July 8.
Police say the victim is a 47-year-old man, who lived on the island, and whose body was found in a field.
Terry Roy Levy of Little Tancook Island was arrested and has been charged with first degree murder.
He will appear at the Bridgewater provincial court at 9:30 a.m. July 9 morning and the investigation is continuing.
RCMP say the victim and the suspect are known to one another. Police also say the victim was shot and killed.
About 20 to 30 people live on the island among tourists renting vacation cottages.
Little Tancook Island is in Chester Basin, about five kilometers from the mainland, and only accessible by ferry.
“Access to the crime scene is going to be more difficult than just driving a vehicle,” said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Al LeBlanc on Tuesday. “The fact that you’re dealing with a small island in some ways helps the investigation because everybody knows everybody. The search area is pretty much contained.”
People on the island described the incident as a “tragedy” in their tightly-knit community, but were unwilling to discuss the affect it has had on the island when contacted by Metro.
“This type of incident happening on an island is very rare,” LeBlanc said. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard of one.”