**Updated** RCMP take over search for suspect wanted in Bridgewater attempted murder

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**Updated Wednesday July 22 @ 9:43 a.m.**

The Bridgewater Police Service (BPS) says the Nova Scotia RCMP Critical Incident Command has taken over lead in the search for Tobias Charles Doucette.

A release posted to the BPS Facebook page Wednesday morning says officers were alerted around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to a possible sighting of the suspect in the LaHave River.

Officers attempted to apprehend him as he fled on foot into the woods off Highway 331 in Conquerall Bank.

Police say an RCMP Police Dog was injured in the attempted arrest, the suspect was not apprehended and police have been actively searching for him since.

Since the location of the last known incident was in the Conquerall Bank area of Lunenburg County, RCMP Critical Incident Command has taken over the search lead.

CTV Atlantic reports police are stopping eastbound vehicles on Highway 103, just before Exit 6, near Hubbards on Wednesday morning as part of their efforts to locate the suspect.

Doucette is wanted on charges of attempted murder and domestic assault after incidents at the Bridgewater Hotel on Monday.

Officers responded to a third-party domestic violence complaint around 11:00 p.m. and once inside, police say the suspect attacked the responding officers, stabbing one in the neck, before taking off on foot.

The weapon was not recovered at the scene.

CTV Atlantic reports the injured officer, Sergeant Matthew Bennett, a 13-year-member with BPS, sustained serious injuries and underwent surgery Tuesday.

Police say the surgery was successful and he is recovering in hospital, while the domestic violence victim was released from hospital after treatment for minor injuries Tuesday and is in a safe location.

In a tweet at 1:36 a.m. Tuesday, BPS said they and the Nova Scotia RCMP were looking for an adult male in the south end of Bridgewater and advised anyone who saw anything in their back yard to call police.

An emergency alert was issued shortly after 6:00 a.m. Tuesday that said a man was at large after stabbing a Bridgewater Police officer, the weapon had not been recovered, and that police were actively searching for him.

Additional resources were brought into the search on Tuesday afternoon and evening, including RCMP, the Emergency Response Team, multiple K9 units from different police forces, and a Department of Natural Resources Helicopter.

Police describe the suspect as an Indigenous male in his early thirties who stands 6'1" tall and weighs 220 pounds with brown hair, green eyes. 

When he was last seen he was not wearing a shirt or shoes, but was wearing black shorts.

Police warn that Doucette may be armed with a knife and should not be approached if spotted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

(With files from CTV Atlantic's Andrea Jerrett)