RCMP news

No charges will be filed against a police officer in regards to a collision in River John late last year where a man lost his life.

The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) released its report regarding the investigation into a Dec. 16, 2017, motor vehicle collision in River John.

Pictou District RCMP officers attended the collision scene and placed the male driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision in custody for impaired driving. After being placed in the ambulance for treatment of his injuries, the male became aggressive and uncooperative with the efforts of the paramedics who were trying to take his vital signs.

The RCMP member in attendance placed handcuffs on the male to facilitate the paramedics’ ability to carry out the required medical assistance on him. The male became cooperative and less aggressive.

The male, who had been speaking with the officer and the paramedic, suddenly became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Paramedics and fire department personnel tried to resuscitate the man, to no avail.

An autopsy performed two days following the collision showed the death was “accidental” and caused by blunt force injuries to the chest and abdomen.

The SiRT investigation revealed that the placing of handcuffs by the officer on the male did not play any role in his death. The use of handcuffs was required to give the paramedics the ability to provide the necessary medical assistance.

A complete copy of the report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.