St. Stephen RCMP members placed on administrative duties following shooting incident

ST. STEPHEN – Members of the St. Stephen RCMP have been put on administrative duties following a shooting incident on Ross Avenue in St. Stephen on Thursday, Sept. 16, says an RCMP press release.

At approximately 4 a.m. on Thursday, St. Stephen RCMP responded to “an individual in mental distress” on Ross Ave. who was brandishing a machete.

The man, who refused to drop the weapon, advanced on officers at the scene, and did not relinquish the machete despite direction from RCMP, which resulted in an officer discharging his firearm.

The man received first aid for a gunshot wound at the scene and transported to hospital.  No other injuries were reported.

Cpl. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP said in a statement that while the “use of force is never an action taken lightly”, the RCMP remains “committed to being accountable and transparent”.

New Brunswick is currently without an independent review agency, so the New Brunswick Department of Justice and Public Safety will source an external agency to complete the review into the incident.