A former St. Albert resident has been found guilty in the shooting two years ago of a northern RCMP officer.
Emrah Bulatci hung his head and the officer's widow cried when a jury in Yellowknife convicted him of first-degree murder Thursday.
Const. Chris Worden was responding to a call in Hay River, N.W.T., when he was shot four times.
Bulatci, 25, testified during his trial that he fired twice at the officer’s legs during a foot chase, but never meant to kill him.
He said the fatal two shots were accidental as the pair wrestled on the ground for control of Bulatci's gun.
The Crown argued Bulatci did intend to kill the Mountie because he continued to keep enough pressure on the trigger for the gun to go off not once, but twice Witnesses at the trial said Bulatci had been at a party, where he was dealing drugs and showing off a gun in the hours before the Mountie’s death on Oct. 6, 2007.
Testimony indicated Worden spoke to Bulatci briefly outside a taxi cab parked in front of the house, and chased him into a wooded area, where the dead officer was found.
Police searched for Bulatci for almost a week after the shooting before he was arrested at an Edmonton housing complex.
Within a month of Worden’s death, a second young Mountie was killed on duty in a remote northern community.
Const. Doug Scott, 20, was shot while responding to a call in Kimmirut, Nunavut.
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