Ottawa cop cleared in deadly shooting

Special Investigations Unit says fatal shot came from suspect's own hand

 

An Ottawa police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the death of a Montreal man.

 

The director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence.

 

The SIU says at 5:30 p.m. April 22, members of the OPS pursued a vehicle on Highway 417. The vehicle stopped at Highway 417 and Walkley Road.

 

Richard Bastien, 43, got out of the car carrying a revolver. Three officers interacted with him, the SIU says.

During the ensuing interaction an officer fired a number of shots and Bastien was struck. He died in the hospital two days later.

"It appears that Mr. Bastien pointed his revolver at a witness officer, and also in the direction of the subject officer. The subject officer discharged his pistol in the direction of Mr. Bastien from inside his cruiser," Scott says in a release.

The SIU investigation says that as the officer fired, almost simultaneously, Bastien shot himself in the head.

"According to the autopsy, the self-inflicted wound, and not the wound inflicted by the officer, was the fatal one," the SIU says.

"The officer had reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Bastien might shoot either him or another officer, and accordingly was justified in shooting. The officer's reasonable belief was based upon the receipt of credible information that Mr. Bastien had just shot someone, was armed, and was pointing a firearm at him."


 
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