Southwest Nova Scotia Major Crime Unit Investigates the fatal shooting of a man in Yarmouth Nova Scotia

The 2021 Nova Scotia Homicide Victim List is available here.

Yarmouth Town RCMP responded to the report of a shooting at a home on King St on May 24th at approximately 11:30pm.

Police and paramedics located a 41-year-old man outside the home suffering from a gunshot wound. Despite lifesaving efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased.

According to reports, police were initially called to King Street, however, the incident is believed to have happened on Chester Street.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Yarmouth Town RCMP at 902-742-8777

Update January 26th 2022
RCMP announved on January 25th 2022 that three men have been arrested and charged in connection to the murder of the 41-year-old man.

James Edmund Spurrell, 33, of Yarmouth, has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder. Spurrell was already in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility on other matters when he was arrested.

Gordon Jack Hein, 38, of Barrington, has been charged with Assault with a Weapon. Hein was already in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility on other matters when he was arrested.

Herbert Spurrell, 68, of Yarmouth, has been charged with Accessory After the Fact to Discharging a Firearm. Spurrell was arrested on January 21 in Yarmouth. He was later released on conditions and will appear in Yarmouth Provincial Court on February 14, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Canadian Top 10 Mass Murders

1 – 1972 Montreal QC –  37 Victims

September 1st, 1972 – After being denied entry, Gilles Eccles, James O’Brien and Jean-Marc Boutin set a fire on the staircase that served as the only entrance/exit for the upstairs of the Bluebird Cafe. The Cafe housed a cocktail lounge on the first floor, and a western-themed dance bar named the Wagon Wheel on the second. According to reports, the three drove to a nearby gas station to fill a plastic container full of gasoline. They drove back to the bar where James O’Brien and Jean-Marc Boutin poured gasoline on the stairs, only intending to make a small fire and scare people. Patrons were forced to escape through the kitchen onto a folding fire escape or through a window in the women’s restroom and dropping 20 feet the emergency exit was chained shut. The prank killed 37 people.

Fire ravaged the interior of Montreal's Blue Bird Café on Sep. 1, 1972. The blaze was deliberately set and killed 37 people at the café, located on Union Ave.
Photo Montreal Gazette

Eccles was arrested at 3:30 am, and O’Brien and boudin were arrested 2weeks later in Vancouver bc. Two of the three defendants were convicted of second-degree murder, the third manslaughter.
Wikipedia / Murderpedia

2 – 2020 Portapique NS – 22 victims *

April 18th, 2020 – 19th, 2020 – 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman committed multiple shootings using illegal firearms and set fires at 16 locations in Nova Scotia, killing 13 people with semi-automatic firearms and 9 in fires before the RCMP shot and killed him in Enfield, NS.

3 – 1989 Montreal QC – 14 victims

Marc Lepine applied for a firearms license in august 1989, and received his permit in October. On November 21, 1989, Lépine purchased a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle at a local sporting goods store. December 6, 1989, Lépine walked into École Polytechnique and entered a mechanical engineering class and ordered the women and men to opposite sides of the classroom and then ordered the men to leave.

Stating that he was fighting feminism, Lepine shot all 9 of the women, killing 6 and injuring the other three. Lepine then moved throughout the school including the cafeteria, corridors, and another classroom targeting women and killing another 8 before killing himself.

A total of twelve engineering students, one nursing student, and one university employee were killed in the massacre.

  • Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
  • Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
  • Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
  • Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967) mechanical engineering student.
  • Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
  • Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
  • Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department.
  • Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
  • Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
  • Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
  • Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
  • Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
  • Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student

4 –  2018 Toronto ON – 10 victims   *

April 23rd, 2018 – Alek Minassian, 25, rented a white cargo van early in the day on April 23, before driving it on a crowded sidewalk in the area of Finch Ave. and Yonge St. at approximately 1.30 pm. Minassian killed 10 people and injured another 16. The accused posted a cryptic Facebook message before the attack that read “Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan, please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys. All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Minassian was arrested uninjured after attempting to commit suicide by police.


Minassian who is now 28 had pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.

Justice Anne Molloy said Alek Minassian carried out the 2018 van attack to achieve notoriety and was fully aware of the devastation he had caused. Minassian argues that he should not be held criminally accountable because of his autism spectrum disorder.

On March 3rd 2021 Molloy found Minassian guilty on all 26 counts and took the unusual step of not naming him in her ruling, saying she’d refer to him only as John Doe because she did not want to contribute to his desire for infamy.

The identities of the victims are listed in the original post
Toronto police/ Toronto star

5 – 1996 Vernon BC – 9 victims

April 8th 1996 – Mark Chahal had exchanged his own vehicle for a rental van before driving to Vernon. Chahal walked into his former home and opened fire as relatives prepared for the wedding that day of his wife’s sister.

Chahal fired 28 shots, with a .40-calibre semi-automatic handgun and a .30-calibre revolver, killing his estranged wife, Rajwar Gakhal, and eight of her relatives. Chahal first shot Rajwar Gakhal, then her parents, their son, a son-in-law, and four other daughters, including the intended bride. A 60-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl were shot but survived. Two children were the only ones to escape the gunman entirely. Police believed he had spared them intentionally.

Cry for help from 1996 murder still echoes for Kamloops ambulance  dispatcher | The Province
Photo: The Province

The groom heard of the murder while enroute to his wedding.

Rajwar Kaur Gakhal had complained about her husbands violent behavior to police in the past at their home in the Vancouver area, and then to police in Vernon.

Chahal then went to a nearby motel, where he shot himself. Police said he left a note apologizing for the massacre.

6 – 1967 Shell Lake SK- 9 victims

August 15th 1967 – Victor Hoffman, 21, had been released from a mental hospital just three weeks before the murders. On August 15th 1967 Hoffman entered the Peterson’s farm armed with a .22-calibre Browning pump-action repeater rifle. Hoffman shot all but one of the members of the Peterson family, seven of them children.

Mr. Peterson was shot in the kitchen, his wife Evelyn and their one-year-old infant were found in the backyard. The other six children were shot while sleeping in their bedrooms. Their ages ranged from 2 to 17 years old. 4-year-old Phyllis Peterson was the lone survivor of the massacre. Phyllis had been sleeping under the blankets between her sisters. Hoffman later said he spared the life of the child because “she had the face of an angel.”

May be an image of 9 people and people smiling
Photo: Prince Albert Historical Society

The child victims have been identified as Larry, 1 1/2 years; Colin, 3; William, 6; Pearl, 9; Dorothy, 11; Mary, 13; Jean, 17.

The bodies were found by W. J. Lange, a neighbor who called on Mr. Peterson to begin haying operations at 9 am august 16 

Hoffman was arrested by the RCMP on August 19th at his parent’s house in Leask Saskatchewan.  He told the police that he had fought the devil before the murders

He was committed to a mental hospital in North Battleford where he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Hoffman was found not guilty by reason of insanity on non-capital murder charges in February, 1968. Hoffman died of cancer under custody on May 21, 2004.

7 – 2006 Shedden ON – 8 victims

April 8, 2006 – Eight men were shot execution-style in a farmer’s field near Shedden. Six of the men killed were members of the Bandidos Toronto Branch, including the President of the organization in Canada.

The bodies were found stuffed in trunks of vehicles on a property outside of Iona Station. The victims were identified as Luis Manny Raposo “Chopper”, John Muscedere “Boxer”, Jamie Flanz “Goldberg”, George Jessome “Pony”, George Kriarakis “Crash”, Frank Salerno “Bam Bam”, Paul Sinopoli “Big Paul” and Michael Trotta “Mike T”.

According to reports the suspects  Michael Sandham, Marcelo Aravena, Frank Mather, Brett Gardiner, Dwight Mushey, and Wayne Kellestine, were members of the Banditos, half of which didn’t even own a motorcycle.

On October 29th 2009 Kellestine, Sandham and Mushey were found guilty of eight counts of first-degree murder. Mather and Aravena were found guilty of seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of manslaughter. Gardiner was found guilty of six counts of first-degree murder and two counts of manslaughter.
Wikipedia / onepercentbikers

8 – 2014 Edmonton AB – 8 victims

December 29th, 2014 – Phu Lam went to two locations where he shot and killed six adults and two children with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, most of whom were his relatives.

Thuy-tien Truong, 35, his estranged wife, and her eight-year-old son, Elvis Lam, her father Van-dang Truong, 55, her mother Thi-dau Le, 55, her sister Thanh-ha-thi Truong 33, her sister’s daughter, Valentina Nguyen, 3 and Truong’s male friend Viet Nguyen, 41 were all found dead inside their North Edmonton home.

Lam spared the lives of his toddler daughter and an infant nephew who he dropped off with a relative before heading out to shoot the 8th victim the following day. Lam shot Cyndi Duong, before killing himself in a Vietnamese restaurant that he owned in Fort Saskatchewan.

Lam had a criminal record dating back to 1987, which included drug and violence-related offenses. According to the national post, at the time of the shooting, he was in bankruptcy proceedings and owed a large amount of money on at least a dozen credit cards due to a gambling problem. He had also been arrested for sexual assault and domestic assault.
National post / Wikipedia

9 – 1969 Buffalo Narrows SK – 7 victims

January 30th, 1969 – Frederick Moses McCallum, 19, punched through the Pederson’s door and murdered the Pederson family with an axe while they slept in their beds.

Frederick Moses McCallum – Photo:

The victims included a mother, father, two girls, two boys and a family friend. A 7-year-old boy was the sole survivor.

  • Thomas Pederson, 32
  • Bernadette Pederson, 30, Thomas Pederson’s wife
  • Grace Ann Pederson, 8, daughter of Thomas and Bernadette Pederson
  • Robert Thomas Pederson, 5, son of Thomas and Bernadette Pederson
  • Richard Daniel Pederson, 4, son of Thomas and Bernadette Pederson
  • Rhoda Beatrice Pederson, 2, daughter of Thomas and Bernadette Pederson
  • John Baptiste Herman, 48

Wounded was Fred Donald Pederson, 7.

McCallum was later found drinking tea in a home According to Cpl Jack Fraser he told the teen he was under arrest when McCallum replied “sure I killed them, so what” McCallum then proceeded to tell Fraser that three were still alive. (not the case)

On the way to the police station he told police That he hopes he gets the electric chair.

He was later diagnosed with schizophrenia and found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Wikipedia / Oct 18th 1969 Leader Post

10 – 2017 Quebec City – 6 victims *

A member of the mosque said Alexandre Bissonnette had met and talked with him outside the mosque on January 26, believing he was interested in Islam, but he veered away from the subject.

On January 27th, 2017 Bissonnette 27 entered a Quebec City Mosque after the evening prayer and started shooting, killing 6 people.

The shooter attempted to shoot the two men with a semi-automatic .223 rifle, but when the rifle jammed he dropped the gun and proceeded to shoot with a 9-mm Glock pistol.

Bissonnette left the scene when he emptied his weapon.

The victims were identified as Azzedine Soufiane, 57, Mamadou Tanou  Barry, 42, Khaled Belkacemi, 60, Aboubaker Thabti, 44, Ibrahima Barry, 39, and Abdelkrim Hassane, 41. Bissonnette was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder on January 30th. 

 Before the shooting, he had been living in an apartment near the mosque along with his twin brother. People who knew the accused said he had far-right, white nationalist, and anti-Muslim views. The manager of a refugee-support Facebook page said Bissonnette frequently denigrated refugees and feminists online.

He later told police that he was motivated by the 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, where a Canadian soldier guarding the National War Memorial was killed.
Wikipedia / MTL CTV News

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Nova Scotia Murder Victim List 2020

Murders in 2020 So Far: 37
(2019 Total: 6)
Male Victims: 20
Female Victims: 17
Unknown Victims: 0

Nova Scotia January Murder Count: 0
(January 2019 total: 0)

Nova Scotia February Murder Count: 2
(February 2019 total: 1)
Males: 2

1 – Anthony Charles Johnson, Male, 31, Shooting, Halifax
2 – Jason Douglas Murphy, Male, 45, Halifax

Nova Scotia March Murder Count: 0
(Mar 2019 total: 1)

Nova Scotia April Murder Count: 23
(Apr 2019 total: 0)
Males: 9
Females: 14

3 – Tracy MacKenzie, 35, Hammonds Plains (Halifax)
4 – Heidi Stevenson, Shooting, Shubenacadie
5 – Lisa McCully, Portapique,
6 – Aaron Tuck, Male, Portapique
7 – Jolene Oliver, Female, Portapique
8 – Emily Tuck, Female, 17, Portapique
9 – Gina Goulet, Female, 54, Shubenacadie
10 – Corrie Ellison, Male, 42, Colchester County
11 – Heather O’Brien, Female, Debert
12 -Kristen Beaton, Female, Debert
13 – Jamie Blair, Female, Portapique
14 – Greg Blair, Male, Portapique
15 – Sean McLeod, Male, Colchester County
16 – Alanna Jenkins, Female, Wentworth
17 – Lillian Hyslop, Female, Wentworth
18 – Joanne Thomas, Female,
19 – John Zahl, Male, Colchester County
20 – Joey Webber, Male, Colchester County
21 – Dawn Gulenchyn, Female, Colchester County
22 – Frank Gulenchyn, Male, Colchester County
23 – Peter Bond, Male, Portapique
24 – Joy Bond, Female,
25 – Tom Bagley, Male, Colchester County

Nova Scotia May Murder Count: 1
(May 2019 total: 0)
Males: 1
26 – Robert Michael Campbell, Male, 51,Hants County.

Nova Scotia JulyMurder Count: 3
(July 2019 total: 0)
Male: 2
Female: 1

27 – Trevor Charles Miller, Male,40, Shooting, Halifax
28 – Terrance Thomas Dixon, Male, 47, Halifax
29 –  Eleanor Noreen Harding, Female, 85, Dartmouth (Halifax)

Nova Scotia September Murder Count: 2
(Sept 2019 total: 0)
Male: 2
Female: 0
30 – John Doe, Male, 60, Beating, North Sydney
31 – Colton James Cook, Male, 26, Yarmouth County

Nova Scotia October Murder Count: 1
(Oct 2019 total: 1)

32 – Zachery Jordell Charles Grosse, Male, 25, Dartmouth (Halifax)

Nova Scotia November Murder Count: 2
(Nov 2019 total: 2)

33 – Jane Doe, Female, 24
34 – Donnie Lohnes, Male, 57, Beating, Lunenburg County

Nova Scotia December Murder Count: 1
(Dec 2019 total: 1)

35 – Donald Scott McKay, Male, 60
36 – Announced June 1st 2021 – Sheila Patricia Madore, Female, 49

37 – John Doe, Male, 37, Hopedale

Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating a suspicious death in Waycobah First Nation

RCMP responded to a report of  a suspicious death at a home on Highway 105 in Waycobah First Nation, On October 24th at approximately 11:00am.

Police arrived to find a 22-year-old woman deceased. The investigation is in its early staged, however police are treating the death as suspicious.

Anyone who has information on this incident is asked to contact Waycobah RCMP at 902-756-3371

39-year-old man found unconscious in an Annapolis County, Travelodge. Murder charge laid

New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a 911 call at approximately 2:40 a.m on September 7th on report of an unresponsive male at a Travelodge on Westville Road.

The 39-year-old male victim was airlifted to a Halifax hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Jason David Bezanson, 33, was charged with second degree murder. Police said the victim and accused were known to each other.

Jamie Lee Bishop, killed in Eastern Passage drive by shooting

RCMP responded to report of a 21-year-old man being shot while walking along Hornes Rd. in Eastern Passage, on June 12th at approximately 12:45am.

Police said a man and a woman were walking down the road when a passing car stopped and opened fire on the victim. Police said the vehicle in question is described as a dark, 4-door, Chevrolet car.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division at (902) 490-5331

Update June 21
Jamie Lee Bishop, of Lunenburg County, has been identified as the victim of a homicide.

Update August 2nd
Rae’heem Downey, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal drive-by shooting that took the life of Jamie Lee Bishop.

Darren Clyde Reid found dead in a Halifax home. 68 year old man charged with the death.

Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of an injured man inside a residence in the 0-100 block of Portland Street in Dartmouth on April 16th at approximately 8:49pm.

Police located Darren Clyde Reid 52, of Dartmouth suffering from serious injuries. EMP pronounced Reid deceased at the scene.

Joseph Noel Landry 68, of Dartmouth was arrested at the scene without incident and held in police custody. On April 18th Landry was charged with second degree murder in relation to the death of Darren Reid.

63 year-old Deborah Irene Yorke found dead in Halifax

Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious death at 3 Farthington Place, Dartmouth, on January 21st at approximately 4:08 pm.

Police arrived to find 3-year-old Deborah Irene Yorke of Dartmouth, dead at the scene. An autopsy was completed on January 22, and determined the manner of death to be a homicide.

Update January 28th
Brandon Jake Hollohan, 23,  was arrested on January 25th, and has been charged with second-degree murder. Hollohan is scheduled to appear in court on January 29th.

Investigators ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5020

Update three men charged – Police rule the death of Derek Miles a homicide

Emergency crews responded to an apartment in the 0-100 block of Pinecrest Drive around 4:25p on January 19th on report of a man in medical distress.

Derek Miles, 42, of Dartmouth was found dead at the scene. An autopsy performed on January 20th determined the cause of death to be a homicide.

The death of Derek Miles is the first Halifax homicide of 2018.

Update March 19th
Police have arrested and charged three men in relation to the homicide of Derek Miles. Gregory Maxwell Purvis, 52, George Andrew Purvis, 30, and Murray Robert Timmons, 26, have all been charged with second degree murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020

Body found in East Uniacke identified as missing New Brunswick man Daren Jones of Maquapit Lake

Nova Scotia RCMP responded to a report of human remains found by a hunter in a wooded area off East Uniacke Rd, near Mount Uniacke, N.S on December 2nd, at approximately 9:30am.

The remains have been identified as Daren Jones, 57, of Maquapit Lake, New Brunswick. Daren Jones was reported missing by his family in July 2017. His vehicle was found abandoned by local RCMP in the Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Brunswick RCMP Major Crime Unit at 506-452-3491.