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Communication snafus plagued RCMP's response to Nova Scotia mass shooting: documents
HALIFAX — Repeated communication failures were partly to blame for the Nova Scotia RCMP’s inability to stop a gunman from killing 22 people over a 13-hour span in April 2020, recently released documents show. Transcripts of interviews with two Mounties who helped co-ordinate the police response reveal that key information about the killer’s vehicle — a replica RCMP cruiser — was not relayed to senior officers or was ignored. The documentsTranscripts of interviews with two Mounties who helped co-ordinate the police response reveal that key information about the killer’s vehicle — a replica RCMP cruiser — was not relayed to senior officers or was ignored.
HALIFAX — Two officers who fired rounds into the torso of a mass shooter at a Nova Scotia gas station say they started shooting as the killer lifted what one believed to be an RCMP officer's general duty pistol.
Details of how two RCMP officers brought the rampage of a 51-year-old denturist to an end after 13 hours have been released over the past week in interviews and statements gathered as evidence by a public inquiry into the April 18-19, 2020 killings.
Const. Craig Hubley, a dog handler, and Const. Ben MacLeod, a member of the emergency response team, had teamed up in Hubley's vehicle on the morning of April 19 amid the frantic pursuit of Gabriel Wortman as he continued his murders in central Nova Scotia.
Witnesses wondered about 'strange' RCMP car spotted on night of N.S. shootings
HALIFAX — Witnesses noticed the odd actions of what appeared to be an RCMP cruiser late on April 18, 2020, not realizing the driver was responsible for a murderous rampage that had just left 13 people dead in Portapique, N.S. The details of the witness recollections are summarized in a document released Wednesday by the public inquiry into Canada's worst mass shooting — a rampage carried out by a 51-year-old denturist dressed in a Mountie'sThe details of the witness recollections are summarized in a document released Wednesday by the public inquiry into Canada's worst mass shooting — a rampage carried out by a 51-year-old denturist dressed in a Mountie's uniform and driving a replica patrol car.
Both say in their evidence they witnessed multiple dead bodies when they initially responded to the murders in Portapique, N.S., and they believed Wortman was determined to continue killing.
According to the records, Hubley stopped in Enfield, N.S., for gas, noticed blood running down the forehead of a man inside a car at the adjacent pump, and called out to MacLeod, "Benny it's him," causing the ERT officer to move quickly out of the car with his carbine.
In a statement, Hubley says that he started firing as Wortman raised a "silver-coloured pistol" in his direction, and MacLeod told a public inquiry investigator that he believed the killer held an "RCMP general duty pistol" stolen from an officer killed earlier in the day.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 7, 2022.
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RCMP officer killed in Nova Scotia's mass shooting died in exchange of gunfire .
HALIFAX — An RCMP officer who was killed in Nova Scotia’s 2020 mass shooting was racing to support another officer when the fatal encounter with the gunman occurred near a highway interchange. New documents tabled at the public inquiry into the killings show Const. Heidi Stevenson died following a frantic exchange of gunfire with the killer, who had jumped a lane of traffic in his replica police vehicle in order to drive the wrong way down a highway ramp and slam into the Mountie’s cruiser. The incident took place on April 19, 2020, near Shubenacadie, N.S.