Second psychiatrist had worried Desmond was 'falling through the cracks'
A psychiatrist who saw Lionel Desmond two days before he fatally shot his family and himself says the former soldier showed no signs he was thinking about hurting anyone when he showed up at the hospital in Antigonish, N.S., on Jan. 1, 2017.
Dr. Faisal Rahman, who has extensive experience treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, testified that Desmond said he had come to the hospital because he was suffering from the symptoms of the disorder after having an argument with his wife Shanna, who told him to leave their home for the night.
He said Desmond admitted to striking a table and startling his 10-year-old daughter, something for which he felt remorseful.
The psychiatrist said at the conclusion of a 30- to 40-minute conversation with Desmond, he concluded the patient was pleasant, engaging, forthcoming, calm, composed and showed no symptoms of psychosis.
However, Rahman told a fatality inquiry today that he was aware of another psychiatrist's assessment that raised concerns about Desmond's treatment for mental illness.
On Jan. 3, 2017, Desmond fatally shot his wife, mother and daughter with a military-style carbine he had legally purchased earlier in the day. He then turned the gun on himself.