Not one of the RCMP’s finest moments


A man who was thought to be inside his house in a standoff with the RCMP had actually let himself out the back and went to buy cigarettes while the Mounties supposedly had his house under siege:

A man slipped away from the scene of a week-long armed standoff in Newfoundland and got a lift out of town to buy smokes while police guarded what turned out to be an empty house for nearly 16 more hours, the RCMP said Monday.

The Mounties said the man snuck past their security perimeter on Friday night after they gathered on one side of his house to pump water into it with high-pressure hoses in an effort to resolve the standoff in Bay Bulls, N.L.

“In essence, we had one side of the house fully covered and positioned and another side that wasn’t,” Sgt. Boyd Merrill said in an interview.

Right, because it’s not like it would ever occur to someone to try the other door.

This is the kind of amateur-hour tale that you might expect from a small, underfunded local police department, not from the highly-trained and professional RCMP. I don’t think that this is quite what they meant by the Mounties “always get their man”.

(Please, no Newfie jokes, or Red Rabbit and Damian Penny might get together to kick your asses.)

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1 red rabbit 12.23.10 at 9:09 PM

This is just to say that the RCMP detachment in question were imports from the grand metropolis of Halifax. So, it’s more of a reverse Newfie joke, with the Newf coming out on top.


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