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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 suspect by the Colchester District RCMP.

Shortly before midnight last night, the Colchester District RCMP were investigating a homicide in Bayhead, NS. They located a 47-year-old male suspect nearby who then drove off in a vehicle, which police then followed.   

The suspect was located at Lockerbie Memorial Cemetery, Highway 6, Tatamagouche. Officers verbally engaged with the man. Shortly prior to 7 a.m. gunfire was exchanged and the suspect was wounded. He has been taken to hospital for treatment.  The extent of his injuries are unknown.

As a result of the shooting, the RCMP contacted SiRT who has taken over the investigation into the shooting of the male. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact SiRT, toll free, at 1-855-450-2010.

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 Ron MacDonald.

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:

Ron MacDonald, QC