**** SiRT Media Release
Investigation Begins into RCMP Shooting
The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation into the shooting of a male by the Halifax District RCMP.
Shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, the Halifax District RCMP responded to a 911 call in Eastern Passage of an armed man who was uttering threats.
The suspect was located outside of a residence with a handgun. Officers verbally engaged with the man trying to de-escalate the situation. When the man raised his gun, officers discharged their service weapons and the suspect died at the scene.
As the investigation continues, SiRT is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to please contact them at 1-855-450-2010 with any information they may have.
SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Felix Cacchione.
SIRT can independently launch an investigation or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia, or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.