Minor noise complaint turns into major incident in Brigus

Terry Roberts
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Police officers already taxed to their limits in the Trinity-Conception region were mobilized in large numbers this morning in Brigus following a routine noise complaint that turned into something much bigger.

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At about 7:30 a.m., the RCMP received a complaint of loud noises, including laughter, screaming and carrying on.

An officer responded, but when he approached a lone male standing near a campfire, the male refused to engage with the officer and walked into the woods.

Suspicious of the man’s behaviour, the officer decided to stay with his vehicle and called in back-up, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Paul Peddle.

“Considering everything that’s gone on, the officer called in help for safety reasons,” said Peddle, referencing the high profile shooting in Moncton, N.B., last month that left three Mounties dead and two others wounded.

And the region remains on edge following a homicide in North River during the early hours of Sunday, June 28 that resulted in the death of Dale Porter. The case is still under investigation, though Peddle emphasized the incident in Brigus was in no way related to Porter’s death.

In short order, a heavy police response descended on Brigus, including a helicopter, a police service dog, and more than a dozen officers. Peddle said many officers were off duty at the time.

At about noon, Peddle said, two young adults were located, and the matter ended without incident.

So what motivated the lone male to walk away from the officer during the first encounter on Saturday morning?

Peddle said the two males had lit a campfire, and thought they were in trouble.

For more than four hours, officers had no idea what they were dealing with, and word spread quickly throughout the town and beyond that a manhunt was ongoing. One resident said an officer told him to stay inside his house for his own safety.

Needless to say, Peddle said officers weren’t too impressed with the two young men.

“We deployed a lot of resources. We took this very seriously,” said Peddle. “It’s unfortunate we had to tie up so many resources.

“This could have been dealt with very easily and quickly had the person just come back. A minor file — a noise complaint, really — turned into something very big."

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Brigus, Moncton, North River

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  • Joe
    July 08, 2014 - 09:34

    If we learned anything from this incident...: 1) the RNC in Bay Roberts need better training and less paranoia. They also need their numbers and budget cut. If they mount such a huge operation because a kid walked away into the wood... then I've lost total confidence in their ability to handle an actual threat. 2) the folks in CBN need to stop watching cops on TV and go outside. The smarter ones will quickly discover that there is nobody out there waiting to kill them. This level of paranoia is pathetic.

  • Duffy
    July 07, 2014 - 18:40

    God Help Us if a Mountie is afraid of a lone male who just walked away from him.

  • karen richards
    July 06, 2014 - 10:32

    what is wrong with this story...they say first that a lone male entered the woods...but hours later 2 young males exited the woods....huh...police report on radio said they arrested 2 young males on a minor liquor offence ...since when does a community go under lock down for liquor offences...what happened to the 40 something yr old they saw go in the woods...if those woods can restore youth maybe everyone needs to go in the woods...something doesn't add up ...and it seems the police think the public are gullible enough to believe anything...

  • Damien Parsons
    July 06, 2014 - 07:55

    The problem is that people are scared. Can't you see that? Even the things that are not bad or hostile are being labeled as illegal. Most people see police and they all look at each other to make sure nothing is out of place. This is wrong. Society is turning to fear our police force because they are unsure of what the outcome will be. With a little bit of alcohol or whatever recreational activity they are partaking in. The thoughts become clouded, and decisions are made like this man who walked away into the woods. Not the right decision, but he is obviously scared. NOT BAD! A better investigation could have been done. Certainly a waste of tax payer money.

  • Marshall Art
    July 05, 2014 - 21:47

    Kudos to the RCMP. They didn't have any idea what they were going to be dealing with and their reaction is to be commended. Good on ya, RCMP !!!

  • Not So Quiet Observer
    July 05, 2014 - 16:36

    Two more fellas who think that their partying is more important than their neighbours peace and quiet. Bad Enough. Then we have the real matter at hand. Five Mounties shot and three killed a few weeks ago and a murderer on the loose from a North River killing a week ago. These two simpletons don't even want to talk to officers. Someone should be really proud of this accomplishment in life.

  • Discusted
    July 05, 2014 - 16:06

    The both of them should have been taken into custody & kept for a while . I think they should be charged & made do community work for the remainder of the summer or longer .

    • Joe
      July 08, 2014 - 09:48

      I'd feel safer if we did this to the officers who were responsible for making such a mountain out of a mole hill. They wasted resources, wasted money, caused a panic, all because a drunk kid walked into the woods ignoring one of them. The RCMP deserves punishment for this one.

  • Denise Smith-Baker
    July 05, 2014 - 13:33

    Commendations to the officer on scene of the disturbance. The last thing our provinence need is another New Brunswick incident and when you consider the lack of respect that the officers get nowadays he did the right thing and those two nuisances should be charged at the very least for disobeying an officer. I'm disgusted with so much drugs on the go in Nrwfoundland every time I visit my home town that I wish there was more everyone could do to put an end to it. Living in Ontario made me appreciate what is was to travel back home for visits but now it seems no different then up here. Very, very sad. Great job officer for doing the right thing and surviving yet another day with your family. May you always be there to serve and protect. Regards, Denise Baker