Driver now fac­ing sev­eral firearm-re­lated counts

More charges laid in re­la­tion to High­way 101 in­ci­dent in Ber­wick in­volv­ing dis­charge of firearm

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Ad­di­tional charges have been laid in re­la­tion to a re­cent in­ci­dent at the High­way 101 exit in Ber­wick that in­volved the dis­charge of a firearm.

The Dec. 11 in­ci­dent be­tween an RCMP of­fi­cer and a 26-year-old man oc­curred fol­low­ing a traf­fic stop at Exit 15. As a re­sult, High­way 101 was closed un­til 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 as the RCMP searched the area.

Po­lice have con­tin­ued to search the area near Parker Con­don Road since the in­ci­dent oc­curred. A firearm was found on Dec. 17 near the area where the sus­pect was lo­cated and ar­rested by po­lice.

The driver, Dhari Sal­man Sha­laan, 26, of Hal­i­fax, was charged on Dec. 12 with es­cap­ing law­ful cus­tody near a po­lice ve­hi­cle on High­way 101, as­sault­ing a mem­ber of the RCMP en­gaged in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty and ob­struct­ing a mem­ber of the RCMP en­gaged in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty.

Sha­laan was re­manded into cus­tody fol­low­ing a court ap­pear­ance on Dec. 14 and his mat­ters were ad­journed to Dec. 20. He now faces nine ad­di­tional charges.

The new charges against Sha­laan in­clude im­ped­ing per­for­mance of duty us­ing vi­o­lence; im­ped­ing per­for­mance of duty by threat­en­ing to use vi­o­lence, us­ing a firearm dur­ing flight from po­lice, car­ry­ing, han­dling, trans­port­ing or stor­ing a re­stricted weapon in a care­less man­ner, point­ing a firearm, pos­sess­ing a weapon for a pur­pose dan­ger­ous to the pub­lic peace, car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon, pos­sess­ing a firearm with­out hold­ing the nec­es­sary li­cence and pos­sess­ing a firearm while pro­hib­ited from do­ing so.

The pas­sen­ger in the ve­hi­cle, Trey­ton Alexan­der Mars­man, 21, of Lake­side, was charged on Dec. 12 with will­fully ob­struct­ing a mem­ber of the RCMP en­gaged in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty in­ves­ti­gat­ing an im­paired driver by pro­vid­ing a false name. Mars­man was re­manded into cus­tody but was re­leased on con­di­tions on Dec. 18. His next ap­pear­ance in Kentville provin­cial court is sched­uled for Jan. 29.

The RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent is on­go­ing and the mat­ter is the sub­ject of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Nova Sco­tia Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team (SiRT).

Charges against Sha­laan and Mars­man have not been proven in court.

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