Update - 45-year-old man charged with attempted murder after Kentville shooting

Jennifer Hoegg jhoegg@kingscountynews.ca
Published on June 14, 2013

A 45-year-old Kings County man faces attempted murder charges after an overnight shooting in Kentville.

Police charged Tony Allan Nickerson, who lives in Murphy Lake, with attempted murder, careless use of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Kentville Police say they responded to a 911 call after two gunshots were heard  in the early hours of June 14 near 534 Park Street in the west end of town.

A 52-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police spokesman Const. Mike Goss said there are no updates on the victim’s condition available, but investigators plan to speak with him this weekend.

A neighbour said she heard two men arguing before the sound of shots and then a vehicle speeding away. Nickerson was arrested with the help of Kings District RCMP about an hour later.

Nickerson has been remanded into custody and will appear in Windsor Provincial Court June 17  at 9:30 a.m. for  a show cause hearing.

He has not yet entered a plea on the charges.

UPDATED 4:45 p.m.

As of 4:30 this afternoon, Kentville Police had not confirmed whether charges would be laid against the 32-year-old Murphy Lake man taken into custody at 2 a.m. June 14.

The arrest took place with the assistance of Kings District RCMP after a reported shooting on Park Street near the west end of West Main street around 12:30 a.m.

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A 52-year-old man was taken to hospital in Halifax after the incident.

Kentville Police and the officers from the RCMP's Southwest Major Crime Unit were on the scene all day searching an area across the street from 534 Park St. and had moved into the yard of the home around 3 p.m.


UPDATED 1:45 p.m.

An RCMP forensics team joined Kentville Police at Park and West Main streets Friday morning to look for evidence after a reported shooting overnight.    Investigators measured and marked parts of the scene before a dog team was brought in. 


UPDATED 10:30 a.m.


Kentville Police are questioning a 32-year-old Murphy Lake man after an alleged shooting that occurred on Park Street in the town around 12:30 a.m. on June 14.

According to a statement from police, a 52-year-old Kentville man was taken to Valley Regional Hospital and then to the QEII in Halifax after a 911 call brought police to 534 Park Street.  

Police say the victim is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Kings RCMP helped take the younger man into custody and he is currently being questioned.

“Although it is early in the investigation, the Kentville Police Service does not believe this was a random act,” Const. Mike Goss said in a release. “The Kentville Police Service has requested the assistance of the Southwest Nova RCMP Major Crimes in the investigation.”

The identities of the victim and the person who was taken into custody have not been released. 



Kentville Police are at an alleged crime scene on Park Street this morning.

Chief Mark Mander could only confirm there was an "active investigation" at 534 Park Street. He said a joint press release would be issued later this morning with further details.

A neighbour said she had heard two loud bangs around 1 a.m.

"I heard two men arguing," the neighbour, who did not want her name used, said. "I heard the guy say 'no' and then there was a shot."

She said she heard a vehicle speed away and police arrived shortly after.

Police tape surrounds the property, which includes a brown, ranch-style house with wooden siding. A blue Hyundai sedan and a late model GMC truck are in the driveway. A swing set and basketball hoop can be seen in the large yard.

According to the province's property records, the home is owned by George and Rebecca Woodworth.

The police tape extends to an area across the road near a trail at the end of West Main Street. There is also evidence secured front of a police cruiser parked across the road.

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