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Pair charged in Highway 101 gun incident appear in court


Treyton Alexander Marsman arrives at Kentville provincial court Wednesday morning. He and Dhari Salman Shalaan were arrested Tuesday morning after a traffic stop by RCMP near Berwick led to a firearm being discharged. - Ian Fairclough
Treyton Alexander Marsman arrives at Kentville provincial court Wednesday morning. He and Dhari Salman Shalaan were arrested Tuesday morning in Berwick after a traffic stop by RCMP led to someone discharging a firearm. - Ian Fairclough

The two men arrested after an incident on Highway 101 Tuesday morning that saw a firearm discharged made brief appearances in Kentville provincial court Wednesday morning.

Dhari Salman Shalaan, 26, of Dartmouth, is charged with assaulting an RCMP officer, obstructing a peace officer and escaping lawful custody.

Treyton Alexander Marsman, 20, of Lakeside, is charged with obstructing a peace officer.

Information filed with the court shows that the RCMP officer who pulled over a vehicle on the highway on-ramp in Berwick at 4 a.m. was investigating a possible instance of impaired driving, and Marsman allegedly provided a false name.

Police were still providing no details Wednesday about who discharged a firearm, how many weapons were involved or how many shots were fired.

Shalaan appeared with duty counsel Brian Vardigans and agreed to the Crown request to delay a bail hearing until Friday because police are still investigating the incident. Vardigans said it’s expected that Shalaan’s employer may appear to provide bail.

Shalaan’s right hand was heavily bandaged when he appeared in court, and he also had a bandage on his upper right arm.

Defence lawyer Alexander Mackillop appeared by phone for Marsman, and asked that his case be adjourned until Tuesday. He said he would be dealing with alleged breaches of probation and a conditional sentence order as well.

After the vehicle was pulled over Tuesday morning and Shalaan was placed under arrest, he allegedly assaulted the officer and ran off into a nearby field. He was arrested in nearby woods after daybreak, and after the arrival of the RCMP emergency response team.

Clarke wouldn’t say whether the assault occurred inside or outside the vehicles, or what happened.

Marsman remained in the car and was arrested.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said there was no new information being provided Wednesday, but some might be released Thursday. She said more charges are possible.

She wouldn’t comment on the nature of Shalaan’s injuries, except that they were noticed when he was arrested.

Highway 101 remained closed between Berwick and Aylesford for a second day Wednesday.

Clarke said it’s unusual for a road to be closed for so long, “but here it’s a significant incident that occurred, and it’s unfortunately right on the highway. For the safety of those on scene collecting evidence, we determined that the best course of action was to close the highway.“

Shalaan pleaded guilty in 2012 to two charges of assault with a weapon in relation to a stabbing in Spryfield in 2011.

He was sentenced in May 2014 to three years in federal prison for two weapons-related charges, one count of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of breaching probation and one count of possession of stolen property.

This past April, Shalaan was sentenced to 45 days in a federal prison for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

He is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court on Jan. 8 for allegedly illegally transporting cannabis in a vehicle on Nov. 9 in Halifax.

With Steve Bruce, staff reporter

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