Man arrested after shots heard in Stanstead

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A man arrested Saturday night following a manhunt in Stanstead, near the U.S. border, appeared before a judge via telephone Sunday afternoon. Sébastien Labelle, 42, could face charges including illegal discharge of a firearm, negligent use of a firearm, assault with a weapon against a peace officer, possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose, and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Labelle was the subject of a six-hour operation carried out by the Sûreté du Québec, the RCMP and local police from Memphrémagog and Sherbrooke.

It all started around 5 p.m. on Saturday when police received a call about an altercation in a residence on Curtis Rd. where at least one gunshot had been heard.

The suspect had fled by the time officers arrived on the scene, SQ spokesperson Marie-Michèle Moore said on Sunday morning. A large deployment was then made to find the individual, who was believed to be armed.

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