Canada Val-des-Monts homicide suspect a championship marksman, former RCMP member
Quebec police investigate 2 deaths at Val-des-Monts home
Firefighters responding to a house fire discovered the bodies of two people at a Val-des-Monts home Sunday, Quebec provincial police say. It's "possible" the two peopled died in the fire, a spokesperson for Sûreté du Québec said in an interview with Radio-Canada on Sunday. Police are treating the deaths as suspicious. At about 3:30 p.m., firefighters were called to the Mercier Street home where they discovered the bodies. Provincial police are working with Collines-de-l'Outaouais police to investigate the deaths.
The retired RCMP officer arrested in connection with a double homicide in Val-des-Monts, Quebec was a senior member of the national police force — and a former national championship marksman and shooting coach.
During his 37 years with the RCMP, Yvon Mercier served on its senior executive committee as corps sergeant major (CSM).
The position is the senior-most available to a non-commissioned officer. The RCMP’s CSM is a member of the commissioner’s office in Ottawa and is responsible for dress, deportment, ceremonial protocols and force traditions, according to the RCMP website.
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“The CSM is also responsible for maintaining a high standard of leadership and accountability amongst the non-commissioned ranks,”.
Mercier, born in Lac Mégantic, Que., joined the RCMP at 19, and spent many years as an instructor at the force’s national training academy in Regina. He retired in 2007.
It was while Mercier was in Saskatchewan that he became a successful competitive trap shooter. He became the first person to record a perfect 200 score in winning the Saskatchewan provincial singles competition in 1986.
“I know I shoot well under pressure,” he told a newspaper interviewer two years later after winning a Saskatchewan Summer Games gold medal in trap shooting.
In 1990, hein trap shooting. He later spent more than 10 years as a national team coach and travelled with the for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
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The Val-des-Monts landlord and retired RCMP officer has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of two tenants whose bodies were found inside his burnt-out home.
Mercier, 69, was also charged with one count of arson.
Sgt. Marc Tessier, a spokesman for the Sûreté du Québec, said police continue to investigate the deaths of Céline Labelle and Pierre Dupuis, both in their ’50s. It’s not yet clear how the two were killed.
Labelle and Dupuis, who had been together for about 10 years, moved into the home on Mercier Street in recent months, according to family.
Dany Labelle remembers his godmother as being a loving, caring woman with a big heart that outmatched her tiny frame. “We love her and will miss her so much,” he said.
Firefighters were called to the home on Mercier Street, just east of Highway 366, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in response to a report of a fire. Quebec provincial police are now investigating the case in collaboration with MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais police.
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