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Investigation Begins into RCMP Shooting


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation into the shooting of a male by the Cumberland District RCMP.

Earlier this morning officers attended a residence in the Malagash area after receiving a complaint of a male wielding an axe and uttering threats.

Upon arrival, the officers located the suspect at the back of the home with the axe in his hand. One of the officers deployed their CEW (conducted energy weapon), which was ineffective. The same officer then discharged their firearm striking the male in the leg. The male has been taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Felix Cacchione.

The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.


Media Contact:

Felix Cacchione