Girl shot with stolen RCMP gun suing Mounties, officer
WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg teenager who was shot in the chest with a gun stolen from an RCMP officer is suing the Mounties and the officer who the weapon belonged to.
Calli Vanderaa, 16, spent nearly three weeks recovering in hospital after the shooting in October, 2015.
On Friday, her lawyer Robert Tapper filed the statement of claim.
It alleges that the RCMP officer “left his police belt, replete with firearm, Taser and baton, visible on the backseat of the car.”
The claim goes on to say the firearm was then stolen by the assailant, who shot Vanderaa.
The statement argues that the officer should be held responsible for leaving the gun unsecured and for the damages the shooting has inflicted on Vanderaa.
According to the statement of claim Vanderaa “continues to have post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as the physiologic consequences of the injuries suffered by her. She will suffer for a lifetime.”
There is no specific amount of damages being sought.
The RCMP and the attorney general of Canada are also named in the suit.
None of the allegation contained in the statement of claim have been proven in court.
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