Some Mountie deaths in 2014 Moncton massacre may have been preventable: Crown

Some of the Mounties killed in a 2014 massacre in Moncton might have survived had the RCMP complied with labour laws, a Crown prosecutor told a judge Monday.

Crown attorney Paul Adams said the vast majority of officers who responded to an active-shooter call lacked full training and requalification in firearms.

The RCMP is on trial on Labour Code charges stemming from its response to the shooting rampage, which killed three officers and wounded two more.

Constable Doug Larche, along with constables Fabrice Gevaudan and Dave Ross were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when gunman Justin Bourque used a semi-automatic rifle to target police officers in Moncton's northwest end.

The charges allege the RCMP failed to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction and training in an active shooter event, and didn't give members the appropriate equipment.

In his opening comments, Adams said he is not alleging an RCMP failure was the direct cause of death and injury, but said proper training and equipment may have led to a different outcome.