Canadian authorities say suspect in shooting incident may have been disguised as a police officer


Sunday, after a manhunt, Canadian authorities detained a mass shooting suspect after fleeing, possibly disguised as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the constable.

Image: Gabriel Wortman. (RCMP Nova Scotia)
Image title: Gabriel Wortman. (RCMP Nova Scotia)

According to the RCMP, Gabriel Wortman, 51, was looking for a connection to an active shooting incident that occurred Saturday in the rural community of Portapique, Nova Scotia.

Authorities said there were “more than one victim” in the shooting, but did not specify the number or extent of the injuries.

Authorities have urged Canadians to watch Wortman, whom they describe as a white, bald, green-eyed man about 6 feet 2 to 3 inches tall. They also warned that he appeared to be traveling south in a car that looked like an RCMP vehicle and he may have been wearing an RCMP uniform.

The RCMP then announced that Wortman was in detention approximately an hour and a half later. It is not known whether he was arrested or simply detained.

Tom Taggert, regional councilor for the Municipality of Colchester, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Portapique is a “beautiful, quiet rural community” with 100 to 250 inhabitants.

“There are a lot of people who are very concerned,” he told CBC on Sunday. “I know there is a huge police presence and that should make people relatively comfortable. “


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