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Justice Minister orders review into Crown’s actions after shooting death of Alberta RCMP officer

ABOVE: Jonathan Denis on what’s next after a fatal RCMP shooting in St. Albert

CALGARY – Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis has ordered a review into how the Crown handled a criminal who was responsible for the recent shooting death of an RCMP constable. Denis says the review will be done in addition to any fatality inquiry that may be called.

“Accordingly, I have directed Alberta’s Deputy Attorney General to review any involvement of the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service that they had leading up to this incident with the review to be determining if any processes could be changed to help prevent a repeat of this tragic, unfortunate, and needless crime.”

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Constable David Matthew Wynn, 42, died in an Edmonton hospital after being shot in St. Albert on Saturday. Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond, 49, was also injured in the shooting.

The suspect, 34-year-old Shawn Maxwell Rehn, was later found dead at a nearby residence.

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The review comes as outrage sweeps the nation with many learning the suspect had a lengthy rap sheet.

Documents show that Rehn was released on bail as recently as Sept. 13, 2014. He faced 15 charges at the time, including possessing stolen property, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a prohibited firearm and escaping lawful custody.

So far, Denis hasn’t responded to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s criticisms about Rehn’s criminal record. However, Denis did release a statement following the passing of Wynn, which read:

“Alberta has lost a brave and dedicated RCMP officer today. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and fellow police officers during this difficult time. Constable Wynn put himself in harm’s way in order to serve and protect Albertans, and for this we owe him and his loved ones a debt of gratitude. He will be forever remembered.”

Denis said the review will proceed immediately following all investigations related to the crime. He said he believes it will happen quickly as there are no criminal proceedings to follow the investigation. The suspect was found dead the same day of the shooting.

Const. David Wynn, killed in the line of duty while serving with the St. Albert RCMP.
Const. David Wynn, killed in the line of duty while serving with the St. Albert RCMP. Courtesy: Wynn Family

With files from The Canadian Press

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