Codiac RCMP not responsible for death of Moncton man: Fredericton Police

Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch told media Friday Codiac RCMP are not responsible for the death of 30-year-old Daniel Levesque. File/Global News

FREDERICTON – The Fredericton Police have concluded their investigation into a shooting involving two Codiac RCMP officers that took place last July.

Shortly after 6 a.m. on July 13, 2013, RCMP officers responded to a report of a male armed with a knife near the Moncton Coliseum. Shortly after, 30-year-old Daniel Levesque was shot four times by police on a nearby street.

He was declared dead later in hospital.

Because the case involved Codiac RCMP officers, the investigation was turned over to the Fredericton Police Force.

On Friday, the force announced they had completed the investigation, determining that Levesque’s death occurred because of stab wounds he had sustained before the shooting took place.

“This information was determined in the very early days of the investigation and of course was a shocking realization to all of us,” said Chief Leanne Fitch.

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“As a result of this information, the Fredericton Police Force launched an immediate parallel investigation into the suspicious and sudden death circumstances associated to the stabbing of Mr. Levesque.”

That investigation remains open and active, Fitch said.

The toxicology reports also revealed Levesque had alcohol and drugs in his system at the time of his death.

The force is asking for anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Det. Justin LeBlanc at the Fredericton Police Force at 506-460-2409.

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