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Police officer involved in fatal shooting in a medically induced coma, watchdog says

RCMP officer expected to survive after being hit by vehicle


TRURO, N.S. (The Canadian Press) — Nova Scotia’s police watchdog says the RCMP officer at the centre of a shooting investigation is in a medically induced coma after being hit by a suspect’s car.

The Serious Incident Response Team is probing the fatal shooting, which saw a police officer fire at the driver of a car that had allegedly been stolen.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says the officer was badly injured when he was hit by the vehicle, but is expected to survive.

Clarke says the incident began when the officer spotted a car that had been reported stolen in Cumberland County at about 2:30 a.m.

She says the officer shot at the driver after being hit by the vehicle.

Clarke says nobody else was in the vehicle at the time, and the driver died at the scene.

Felix Cacchione, director of SiRT, says that although his team is investigating the incident, they’re spread thin because of another fatal police shooting in New Brunswick that happened earlier in the week.

In that case, a Moncton RCMP officer shot and killed a 24-year-old man outside of a home. Two SiRT officers are probing the circumstances along with two officers from the Halifax Regional Police.

“We can’t send just one investigator,” he said. “It’s preferable that we send more than two, but we can’t do that,” he said, noting that if they send more investigators to New Brunswick, there aren’t enough resources to investigate the Nova Scotia incident as well.

The SiRT has four investigators, two of whom are full-time. The other two are from the RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police and work with the team on temporary basis.

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