The RCMP are warning residents of a small Cape Breton community to remain indoors as the search continues for an armed man who is wanted on multiple arrest warrants.
The Mounties issued an alert Monday at 1:24 p.m. saying they believe Perry MacKinnon had a firearm when he entered the woods near Meat Cove, a remote village at the northern tip of the island.
Police say residents should not approach MacKinnon, who was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and blue track pants.
Police have also distributed a photo of MacKinnon on Twitter.
RCMP presence in #MeatCove;Perry MacKinnon,last seen in camo jacket&blue track pants, wanted on multiple warrants,fled with firearm into wooded area in Meat Cove.Don’t approach, call 911.Meat Cove & area: stay inside & await updates.Emerg. alert will be issued for area. pic.twitter.com/2hq6OIvwj6
— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) January 18, 2021
Earlier today, the Mounties confirmed that a helicopter equipped with heat-seeking infrared sensors was used to search for the suspect Monday night.
The Mounties have not said what MacKinnon is wanted for, though they confirmed that a “significant number” of officers are in the area.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021.
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