No charges against RCMP officer in fatal shooting of man in Truro: SIRT

Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT)

Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) says it will not lay charges against an RCMP officer involved in the fatal shooting of a man in Truro last August.

A release states a vehicle stolen in the Amherst area was seen in Truro in the early hours of August 10, 2019 and the police attempt to stop the vehicle was unsuccessful.

SiRT says the vehicle was seen waiting at an intersection later that morning and when an officer approached on foot, the driver struck the officer, causing him to land on the hood, before attempting to flee with the officer holding onto the wiper blade.

The release states the officer fired his weapon before being thrown from the hood and the driver sustained fatal injuries.

SiRT says no charges will be laid against the officer because the investigation determined it was reasonable for the officer to conclude his life was in danger.

The officer's use of his firearm to shoot the suspect was therefore justified in the circumstances.