MONCTON, NB — An incident that began near the Moncton Coliseum, ended with a fatal shooting in the neighbourhood of Jordan – Whitney Street.
Codiac Regional RCMP say they responded to a complaint just before 6 a.m. of an armed individual trying to break into a vehicle.
The individual left the scene before police officers arrived. They used police dogs to try and located the individual, and were led to Jordan – Whitney, just off Killam Drive.
RCMP confirmed shots were fired sometime around 7 a.m. and a man in his thirties was pronounced dead. Because there was a Codiac RCMP officer involved in the shooting, the investigation has been handed to the Fredericton Police Force.
“As per policy, any officer involved in a shooting is removed from active duty,” said Cst. Damien Thériault of Codiac RCMP. “It’s important to stress, whenever there’s loss of life it’s a traumatic incident for all involved. Victim services from Codiac here are being offered to the family of the deceased … and the officers will have support.”
Ella McLean, who lives just across the street from where police taped an area off, said she was awoken by the shots.
“Oh that woke me up and scared the hell out of me.”
“About 7 o’clock, shot gun sounds went off - four of them,” she said. “Got up, not sure what was going on, come out, and seen the police coming up and the ambulance, went over to the road to see that there was a shooting. I did see them take a body out, and they were trying to revive the guy.”
McLean says the neighbourhood is normally quiet, people are pleasant, and families live along the street.
“I work at Tim’s on Berry Mills, and I walk to work which I won’t be doing again, not now like I never even thought of anything happening like this,” she said. “It amazed me like the police cars and the ambulance and the fire trucks that were here, they were here in minutes, seconds. It amazed me how many showed up. It was good knowing they were there. When we need them, they were there. ”