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SIRT Concludes Investigation into Serious Injuries in New Brunswick


The Interim Director of the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) found no reasonable grounds to believe that a member of the Woodstock RCMP committed a criminal offence in connection with serious injuries sustained by a man in February 2023.

The RCMP responded to a request to attend hospital on February 8, 2023, during the assessment of a patient who was detained under the New Brunswick Mental Health Act. The patient attempted to escape, and the officer used physical force, deployed a CEW, and used OC (pepper) spray. The male ultimately smashed a window and jumped through it, which resulted in serious lacerations that required a large number of stitches. The Interim Director found no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in the course of the interaction.

The full report is available at Publications - Public Safety (

The SiRT is responsible for investigating all matters that involve death, serious injury, sexual assault and intimate partner violence or other matters of public interest that may have arisen from the actions of any police officer in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. 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