(Update) K9 injured, search for Tobias Doucette contines

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Update on the search for Tobias Doucette

As the search for Tobias Doucette continues, we extend heartfelt best wishes for a full recovery to Sgt. Matthew Bennett of Bridgewater Police Services. He and his family are in our thoughts following his injury while on duty on July 21.

We also have an update on Fergus, our RCMP police service dog, who was stabbed by the suspect yesterday while in pursuit. He too is a hero as he bravely protected his handler while in the line of duty. Fergus is stable and is being monitored closely by a veterinarian. We are very hopeful his strength and perseverance will serve him well and he will recover.

We truly appreciate your cooperation with this police operation and concern for all police and emergency services involved. Please stay tuned to RCMPNS Twitter and Facebook for any updates.

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Nova Scotia RCMP is continuing the search for 31-year-old Tobias Doucette. Bridgewater Police Service (BPS) began a search for Doucette following an incident that occurred in the Town of Bridgewater on July 20.​ BPS​ has laid charges against Doucette for Attempted Murder in relation to one of the responding BPS members, and also in relation to the domestic assault.

Bridgewater Police Service, with assistance from Lunenburg District RCMP, searched for Doucette during the overnight hours and during the day of July 21. Once investigators determined that Doucette was in RCMP jurisdiction, the matter was turned over to the RCMP. The RCMP​ searched overnight and continues to attempt to locate​ Doucette today.

The BPS member who was stabbed is in hospital in Halifax and is recovering. During the search operation late yesterday afternoon, an RCMP Dog and Handler located Doucette briefly, and Doucette stabbed the dog and fled. The dog was immediately taken to a local vet for treatment. He is stable and​ continues to be closely monitored. The handler was not injured.​ Charges in relation to the injury to the police dog are being laid today.

The RCMP is continuing to utilize a number of resources to assist in the search. Some residents whose homes are close to the search area have been evacuated. Police will be in touch with each household​ when it is deemed to be safe for those residents to return to their homes.​

The RCMP want Doucette to​ know our goal​ is to bring this matter to a peaceful resolution. Police appreciate the cooperation and support of individuals who have called in with tips and information. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Tobias Doucette is encouraged to contact the RCMP from anywhere in Nova Scotia at 800-803-RCMP(7267). If it is an emergency, call 911.

Doucette is described as an Indigenous male, 6-feet tall and 220 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. When he was last seen in the early morning hours of July 21 he was wearing black shorts, and was not wearing a shirt or shoes.

 

 

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UPDATE

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 1 p.m., BPS and RCMP officers were alerted of a possible sighting of Tobias Doucette in the LaHave River. Police attempted to apprehend him as he fled on foot into the woods off of Highway 331 in Conquerall Bank, NS. A RCMP Police dog was injured during that attempted arrest.

Doucette was not taken into police custody. Police have been actively searching for Doucette since that time. RCMP Critical Incident Command has taken over the search lead due to the last incident and last known location occurring in the Conquerall Bank area of Lunenburg County.

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On July 20, 2020, at approximately 11 p.m., Bridgewater Police Service officers responded to third party Domestic Violence complaint at the Bridgewater Hotel, High Street, Bridgewater. Once inside, Tobias Doucette attacked police with an edged weapon striking Sgt. Matthew Bennett in the neck. Doucette immediately fled the area on foot. Sgt. Bennett, a 13-year member with Bridgewater Police Service, underwent successful surgery yesterday in the Capital Health Region. He is currently recovering in hospital. BPS and RCMP continue to search for Doucette. Anyone that witnesses suspicious persons or activities on properties are asked to avoid contact and immediately call police.

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On July 20th, 2020 at approx. 11 pm, Bridgewater Police Service officers responded to third party Domestic Violence complaint at the Bridgewater Hotel, High Street, Bridgewater. Once inside the male attacked police with an edged weapon striking one officer in the neck. The male immediately fled the area on foot.

The senior officer is currently in hospital with serious injuries. The female Domestic Violence victim received minor injuries prior to police arrival and was treated and released from hospital.

The male is arrestable for Attempted Murder and Assault. He is 6’2”, 220 lbs, brown hair, green eyes, no shirt, no shoes, black shorts, early thirties First Nation male. The edged weapon was not recovered at scene. He was last seen in the south end of Bridgewater. BPS and RCMP have set up a perimeter. Police Dog is on scene. Please remain in your secured residence and call police if you see or hear anything related to this incident. Updates to follow as investigation continues.

Tobias Charles Doucette, currently residing in Bridgewater, has been charged with Attempted Murder of a Bridgewater Police Sergeant under Section 239(1) (b) of the Criminal Code and Assault on his common law partner under Section 266 of the Criminal Code.

A Warrant of Arrest was applied for and granted at the Bridgewater Justice Centre. There are no confirmed sightings since the Alert Ready message was sent.

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