The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) today released its report regarding the arrest of a man in New Glasgow on March 10, 2016.
Early on the morning of March 10, 2016, New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a robbery at the Needs Store on East River Road in New Glasgow. Three men in their early 20s had been involved, with two entering the store and one waiting outside.
Two officers from the Stellarton Police Service were called to assist. Those officers were stationed at a nearby intersection to secure the area while awaiting the arrival of the New Glasgow Police Dog Services officer.
As police waited, they observed three men leave a nearby home. They quickly drove over to the males. As they did, one 20-year-old male ran off down a neighbouring driveway. One officer briefly gave chase on foot but stopped when the man went over a snowbank at the end of the driveway. The police service dog arrived shortly after and was able to locate the man under the deck of a home. He had suffered a serious injury to his leg. He surrender voluntarily, was taken into custody, and then transferred to the QEII hospital for surgery.
When interviewed, the injured party said he ran off because he did not realize it was the police approaching but instead thought it might be persons who had threatened another one of the man. He injured his leg at the end of the driveway when he fell down a drop off.
One of the other perpetrators pleaded guilty to the robbery, and the injured man is awaiting trial.
SIRT ruled the police did nothing to cause the injury to the male, and were justified in approaching the three men to keep the area secured and as part of the investigation of the robbery. As a result, there are no grounds to consider any charges against any police officer.
A complete copy of the report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.
SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.