PICTOU LANDING – Four men have been arrested after shooting at a fisherman from Pictou Landing First Nation.
A press release from Pictou District RCMP issued this afternoon has confirmed the arrests.
The press release notes that at approximately 5:30 p.m. on December 13, RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the Northumberland Strait near Pictou Landing First Nation. Upon arrival, members learned that a man had observed the crew of a fishing vessel removing lobster traps from the water. The man then approached the fishing vessel in a small boat. As he approached, the fishing vessel accelerated toward him and shots were fired from the vessel. The man was not injured and returned to port.
Last evening, a 51-year-old man from Pictou County turned himself in and was arrested without incident.
This morning, three men from Pictou County were arrested in Caribou without incident.
The investigation is ongoing. This is believed to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.
Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul commented on the incident via Facebook on Sunday: “Today – actually about 15 minutes ago – a white male (three of them actually) were seen pulling up our Netukulimk fishing traps. Our fisher went out to see who it was. They SHOT at him!!! They were there with a rifle and shot at my community member!!! My fisher was alone. This is wrong on so many levels and it is not going to be ignored. We know who you are!”
The incident occurred just one day before the scheduled close of Pictou Landing’s moderate livelihood lobster fishery, which was launched last month.
The chief thanked RCMP for their “prompt response” to this serious issue.
“RCMP didn’t issue any public safety alerts because it was felt that this was an isolated issue and that there was no danger to public,” she wrote on Sunday. “They were on scene all night (responded very quickly and from a few departments). There were also officers in the community patrolling all evening.”