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Woman found dead, shots fired between suspect and Nova Scotia police

The RCMP say a man who officers were chasing was wounded and is now in hospital.

Mounties exchanged gunfire with a man at a northern Nova Scotia cemetery Monday after a female was found dead inside a home hours earlier.

The RCMP said officers responded to a 911 call from a home on Clarks Road in Bayhead, N.S., shortly before midnight Monday.

They said a female was found dead, and a suspect was spotted shortly afterward, but he drove off as police moved in.

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team, an independent police watchdog agency, said the suspect was later found near Lockerbie Memorial Cemetery on Highway 6 in Tatamagouche.

“There was a verbal exchange between the male and police, and shortly prior to 7 a.m., there was gunfire,” said team director Ron MacDonald, adding that the standoff between police and the suspect lasted a few hours.

MacDonald said the 47-year-old man was injured in the shooting and was taken to hospital for treatment, but he remains in police custody. The extent of his injuries was not known.

The response team has taken over the investigation into the shooting, while the RCMP are handling the investigation into the death of the female.

The Mounties have not released the age of the victim, but say her death is considered suspicious.

The local school board said it was told by police Monday morning to close Tatamagouche Elementary and North Colchester High School for the day as a precaution.

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