UPDATE: Suspect in confrontation with police arrested

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The RNC has confirmed in a news release that a suspect in relation to a confrontation with police outside the Field House in St. John's has been arrested.
The release also stated the RNC is conducting an investigation into the incident, which resulted in a police officer shooting at the suspect.

Earlier story:

The RNC continues to pursue the driver of an SUV who got away from police this evening after a confrontation at MUN during which a police officer fired at the suspect.

There is heavy police presence in an area near Blackmarsh Road and Empire Avenue.

It has been confirmed that one shot was fired from an RNC service pistol Tuesday night near the MUN Fieldhouse.

According to RNC Chief Robert Johnston, officers were in plain clothes conducting what he called a surveillance operation when they attempted to make an arrest on someone they thought was involved in robberies from vehicles.

When they went to make the arrest, the suspect jumped in a vehicle and fled.

“Our officers at one point felt threatened and a shot was fired,” the chief said.

He did not elaborate as to how or why they felt threatened.

The SUV the suspect fled in was found a short time later torched in the area of Keane Place in St. John’s.

The suspect is still at large but Johnston said there is no reason for concern over public safety. He also said they have someone in mind they believe is responsible.

An officer did recieve minor injuries when the vehicle with the susepct sped away. No medical attention was required.

(This is a corrected version)

Earier story:

The RNC says the driver of an SUV who got away from police earlier this evening is still at large.

The damaged vehicle has been found Keane Place off Freshwater Road.

Police say they know who they are looking for, and there is no reason for the public to be concerned about safety.

Police were in plainclothes in the area when the incident occurred. The RNC has confirmed police shot once, because an officer felt threatened.

 Earlier story:

UPDATE: The vehicle involved in a chase with police near MUN has reportedly been found. The Telegram is on the scene and will continue to report information as it becomes available.

 Earlier story:

UPDATE: The Field House at MUN is said to be under lockdown after a vehicle chase involving police outside.

Earlier story:

The RNC was reportedly involved in a chase near MUN this evening during which shots were said to be fired.

Students say the driver of an SUV tried to get away from police, pulled a U-turn and struck the Field House before taking off. Police then fired shots, the students said, and the SUV driver got away.

Westerland Road is closed to traffic between Prince Phillip Drive and Elizabeth Avenue is closed to pedestrians and vehicles as police search for the SUV.

Several unmarked police vehicles and about eight RNC vehicles are on the scene.

The Telegram will update this story as information becomes available.

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Recent comments

  • Lankey
    February 19, 2014 - 01:51

    The title says there was an arrest, yet the article later says the suspect is at large. Well what is it? Seems like some really poor reporting.

  • aubrey
    February 18, 2014 - 22:35

    while i think nl is becoming worse with drugs etc: and the rnc had to try and stop suspect but why did rnc fire the first shot [if so ]..i hope this guy goes to jail for a long time but i was just wondering why police fired the first shot..i thought they had to be threatened with gun fire first or at least be threatened by the presence of a gun>>just sayin..

  • Glenn Stockley
    February 18, 2014 - 22:23

    A public enquiry should be held with regard to gunshots being fired...what was the threat ???? many rnc are unsuitable for any kind of police work and should not be armed.....

  • Cindy Williams
    February 18, 2014 - 20:07


  • Jim Gosse
    February 18, 2014 - 20:05

    OK Let's get it straight. The Field House was not under lockdown. We were not allowed to drive our vehicles off the parking lot, but there was nobody stopping us from leaving the building.

  • lloyd naugle
    February 18, 2014 - 19:01

    am i reading this correctly,,,a vehicle chase on mun property and the police opened fire,,,my eyes must be bad,,,glad my daughter is no longer on campus,,,again,,,is this correct what i am readin,,,police on university property with students every where 24 hours of the day an over a car chase the police fired shots,,,if so,,i will be the first to get guns removed from rnc,,,hopefully no inocent students where shot or killed by reckless guns in hands of ill people,,,to pull a gun out on school property an then also fire,,,hopes i read that wrong for the poor students on property

  • Everyone person over 50
    February 18, 2014 - 18:52


  • Bob
    February 18, 2014 - 18:30

    Sounds like that new shooting range is paying dividends!!