Man on alleged mission to kill RCMP officers arrested

53-year-old Nova Scotian found with rifle, crossbow and machete

Mark Baltzer, a Nova Scotian man believed to have a hit list of four RCMP officers he wanted to murder, was arrested Sunday in Nova Scotia during a “high-risk” takedown on the Trans-Canada Highway. The man had allegedly told a female passenger on the ferry to Port aux Basques, N.L. that he planned to kill police officers, and the woman told the crew, who in turn notified police. Officers then waited for Baltzer to drive away from the terminal and pulled him over on the highway. They found weapons in his vehicle, and Baltzer, who has prior convictions and is well known to police in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, is now facing 12 charges.

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