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SiRT Concludes Investigation into Man Fatally Shot by HRP Officers in Dartmouth


The Interim Director of the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) found no reasonable grounds to believe that two members of the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a man in May.

HRP responded to a 911 call on May 27, 2023, regarding a man with a loaded bow and arrow at the Maybank Park in Dartmouth. When police arrived, he pointed the loaded bow at officers, despite being repeatedly told to drop his weapon. The officers acted to defend themselves and other officers from a reasonably apprehended threat when they each discharged one shot from their firearms, which struck the man. Medical attention was provided on scene.

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SiRT is responsible for investigating all matters that involve death, serious injury, sexual assault and domestic violence or other matters of significant public interest that may have arisen from the actions of any police officer in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of an independent civilian director, who has the sole authority to determine if charges should be laid at the conclusion of an investigation.

Media Contact:

Erin Nauss
Interim Director