STEWIACKE, NS – A Stewiacke man who was previously detained by police on unrelated matters faces a series of firearms charges after police seized weapons during a search of a home in the community on 17 March.

In a March 24 news release, Colchester County District RCMP said police responded to a suspicious incident report where a woman arrived at a gas station in a black SUV on Main Street West. around 9:30 p.m. on March 16.

Police heard the woman walked into the gas station and spoke to an employee about a man who lived on Riverside Drive who may have been in possession of firearms.

On March 17, police executed a search warrant at an apartment on Riverside Drive.

During the search, the police seized a prohibited hunting rifle, a crossbow, crossbow arrows and a soft bulletproof vest.

Police said investigators also learned that the suspect had been involved in incidents of domestic violence against a woman he knew.

On March 22, police arrested David James Bishop, 39, who was already being held at the Nova Scotia Correctional Center in connection with unrelated incidents.

He faces charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, resisting the commission of an offence, two counts of forcible confinement, tampering with a serial number, unsafe storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of body armour, two counts of violation of firearms prohibition order, mischief and multiple counts of possession of firearms a gun and ammunition.

He appeared in Truro Provincial Court by teleconference and was detained.

He is then due to appear in Truro Provincial Court on March 24.