No charges to be brought in St. Stephen RCMP-involved shooting

RCMP vehicle

ST. STEPHEN – A report by the Nova Scotia independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) states “there are no grounds for criminal charges,” says a GNB press release in relation to an incident in St. Stephen on Sept. 16, 2021.

On that day, St. Stephen RCMP responded to a call which resulted in an officer discharging a service firearm, injuring a civilian.

The civilian was brandishing a machete, which he refused to drop “despite the officers’ attempts to de-escalate the situation,” states the release. The SiRT report states the man had assaulted someone with the machete earlier in the day, and refused to relinquish the weapon to officers, instead approaching them with it while being told to stop.

Other officers on scene and the man himself confirmed the events as described by RCMP.

The report states reasonable force was used.

RCMP administered first aid on the scene, and the man was transported to hospital.

The report into this incident can be found at www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2022.05.0227.html