Police have confirmed that a male resident of Sibley’s Cove on the Trinity South Shore has been taken into custody in relation to a security incident at the Dr. A. A. Wilkinson Memorial Health Centre in Old Perlican late this morning.
By Josh Pennell and Terry Roberts
The Telegram and TC Media
An RCMP spokesman said the man will undergo a mental health assessment, and no charges are likely.
Concerns were raised when the man allegedly threatened to obtain a weapon and cause harm to police and “possibly employees at the health centre,” said the spokesman.
The incident drew an immediate reaction from health centre employees, and a rapid response from the RCMP, with officers rushing to Old Perlican in large numbers.
The health centre was quickly secured by police and nearby Baccalieu Collegiate was placed in “secure mode.”
After that, police started looking for the man.
Harvey Froude lives in nearby Lead Cove. He says seven police cars were next door to his house earlier today.
“They were just next door to me. They got the police dogs,” he told The Telegram.
Froude was outside speaking with a neighbour when police blocked off the road and came down to tell him he had to move off the street.
“‘Stay inside,’ he said.”
A Sibley’s Cove resident also spoke with The Telegram.
“As far as we know there was a lot of cop cars here, some of the police with guns drawn. …,” said the resident who did not want to be named for fear of retaliation.
The road had been blocked off but it’s not now. A paddy wagon just went up the road. You never know, do you? Yesterday it was enough to break your heart seeing those Mounties being buried. … We used to keep our doors unlocked here one time, but we lock the doors now.”
She also said she saw children getting off the bus from Baccalieu Collegiate and going to their homes late this afternoon.
Officers tracked to the man to his home in Sibley’s Cove, where he was arrested this afternoon without incident.
“There is no further risk to the public,” said the spokesman.
The incident made for some frayed nerves in the area, and came just six days after a horrific shooting in Moncton, N.B., that left three RCMP officers dead and two others wounded.
Old Perlican health centre in lock-down mode due to security situation, Eastern Health says
Eastern Health says the Dr. A. A. Wilkinson Memorial Health Centre in Old Perlican is currently in lock-down mode due to a security situation.
The public is asked to not visit the facility at this time.
Patients who are in need of emergency care should call an ambulance provider or report to the emergency department at the Carbonear General Hospital.
The RCMP is responding to the situation and more information will be communicated as it becomes available.