*** UPDATED *** Second man charged in grocery store gun incident

Gary Kean
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DEER LAKE  The second 18-year-old man involved in an incident involving a firearm at a grocery store parking lot in Deer Lake on Sunday has been charged with two offences.

Police would not identify the man Tuesday because the information has not yet been sworn at provincial court, but did confirm that charges have been laid.

The man, who was released on an undertaking to appear in court July 30, has been charged with causing a disturbance and escaping lawful custody.

He allegedly tried to flee after being arrested, along with Cecil Marche, after police responded to a complaint of a man waving a handgun in the Colemans grocery store parking lot around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Police retrieved a concealed .22-calibre pistol from Marche after he was arrested. Marche was charged with 12 offences, including four firearms offences and counts of assault, uttering threats and mischief.

Inaccurate information provided by the RCMP stated that Marche was scheduled to make an appearance in provincial court Tuesday. He is in fact next scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning for a bail hearing.


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(Earlier story)

DEER LAKE  Charges could be laid Tuesday against a second man involved in a high-risk takedown at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot in Deer Lake Sunday.

The other man, 18-year-old Cecil Marche, made a brief appearance in provincial court in Corner Brook after being arrested at the scene outside the Colemans store around 5 p.m.

The RCMP had responded to a complaint of a man waving a handgun in the parking lot. At the scene, the police encountered two intoxicated men, including Marche and another 18-year-old.

The responding officers drew their weapons and commanded the two to peacefully surrender. The men did comply with police orders, but acted up after both were handcuffed.

Marche, who was found to have a .22-calibre Colt automatic handgun concealed in his possession, had to be wrestled to the ground at one point. He then allegedly tried to kick out the window separating the back and front seats of the police  cruiser he was placed in. He did not break that pane of glass, but did bust out the side window on the driver’s side of the car, according to the RCMP.

The second man, who has not yet been identified because there are no criminal charges against him yet, tried to flee from police after he was cuffed.

“He never got very far,” said Sgt. Terry Foster, commander of the RCMP’s Deer Lake detachment, who said he did not know how many people were in the area when the incident took place, but said it was a disconcerting situation.

“Anytime you suspect someone has a firearm, there is a big concern for everyone’s safety.”

The gun confiscated from Marche, and did not have any ammunition in it.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, according to Foster.

Both men were taken into custody Sunday. Marche, who is from Stephenville, was charged with 12 offences, including four firearms-related charges. They are possession of a dangerous weapon, careless use of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

The RCMP said it was later discovered that the handgun had been stolen from a Deer Lake residence.

Marche is also charged with mischief for causing damage to a police vehicle, uttering threats to and assaulting a grocery store employee with a beer bottle, resisting arrest and two counts of uttering threats against a police officer.

He also has two charges of breaching court orders against him.

In the original press release issued Monday, the RCMP had said the second man was charged with obstructing justice. But no charges were formally laid Monday, and that man was released from custody later in the day.

Foster said charges are still pending against the second man, but more investigation of the incident was required before that happened.

Marche, who had to be treated at hospital for minor injuries associated with his scuffle with the police officers, will be back in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday afternoon.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: DEER LAKE

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  • Dave Noseworthy
    June 12, 2013 - 10:47

    What the heck has happened to the Newfoundland I grew up in? Guns in a Deer Lake parking lot? It's time for the authorities to come down on this stuff like a hammer. Our beautiful little island is becoming overrun with trash.