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The member of New Glasgow Regional Police who shot a suspect will not face any charges.

The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) released a report today regarding the investigation into the shooting and arrest of a Pictou County area man.

Shortly before 9 pm on August 3, 2020, a 9-1-1 call was received about property damage to a home committed by a person known to the caller. The caller indicated the person, who had already left the premises, was intoxicated, suffered from mental illness, and was violent.

While conducting patrols, an officer located the man in a residential area and attempted to verbally engaged him from the police vehicle. The man refused to comply with the officer’s commands and continued to walk away. Moments later a second officer pulled into the residential street, exited the police vehicle, and told the man to stop. The man did not stop as instructed but continued to approach the officer pulling a knife from his jacket.

The officer deployed his Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), which had no effect on the man who continued to approach the officer with the uplifted knife.

Fearing for his personal safety, the officer discharged three rounds from his service weapon  striking the man with all three shots. The injured man was transported to hospital where he received medical attention.

The investigation found it was reasonable for the officer to conclude his life was in danger and the use of his firearm to shoot the suspect was justified in the circumstances. Therefore, no charges are warranted against the officer. 

A complete copy of the report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.