© Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax
Residents of Sunrise Manor wait outside on Sept. 4, 2014, as police try to establish contact with a woman who was spotted in the building with what officers believed was a long gun.
Police in Halifax have arrested a woman in a Gottingen Street apartment building after an officer saw someone carrying what was believed to be a long gun – but turned out to be a pellet gun.
Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said officers were at Sunrise Manor just before 11 a.m. Sept. 4 on an unrelated matter when one of them saw the woman in a common area.
The woman then entered one of the apartments and officers spent some time trying to make contact with her.
“Shortly after 12, we made contact with the 52-year-old woman…she was arrested without incident,” said Bourdages shortly after police led the woman out of the building. “We located a pellet gun, a long pellet gun.”
Bourdages wouldn’t say what floor the woman was on, but he said the floor, along with the ones directly above and below it, were evacuated.
The woman is now being questioned, but no charges have been laid.
Bourdages said it’s another reminder that firearms, real or fake, can’t be handled carelessly in public.
“You’re allowed to have weapons, but when you’re handling them in such ways that there’s concern for public safety, it triggers a police response,” he said. “We can’t take a chance, we have to make sure that this is not a threat to he public.”