Halifax District RCMP charge man and seize numerous weapons after accidental 911 call

January 17, 2023
Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

News release


Halifax District RCMP has arrested a man and seized numerous weapons after an accidental 911 call.

On January 16, at approximately 8:25 p.m., Halifax District RCMP received what was reported as an accidental 911 call from a home on Astral Drive in Cole Harbour. As is standard policy, RCMP officers were dispatched to the home to confirm that there was no emergency.

Upon arriving at the home, RCMP officers spoke with a man and woman and learned that a dispute had occurred between them. RCMP officers located damage throughout the home and observed firearms out in the open, that were not safely stored. RCMP officers seized four handguns, numerous long guns including a carbine, loaded magazines, grenades, two swords, a spear, multiple knives and ammunition. The man was safely arrested and held in custody overnight.

William Adam Judson Butt, 42, of Cole Harbour, has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon;
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized;
  • Unsafe Storage of a Firearm;
  • Mischief

Butt will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today.

File #: 23-6677

Note: Attached are photos of some of the items that were seized.


Contact information

Cpl. Chris Marshall
Public Information Officer
Nova Scotia RCMP

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