July 30, 2018 10:11 am

Police officers won’t face charges in case of N.S. man bitten by police dog, SiRT rules

Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) have ruled that there will be no charges in a case of injuries caused by a dog bit

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Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has ruled that there is no need for charges in the case of a man who suffered injuries after being bitten by an RCMP police service dog.

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The agency, which looks into serious incidents which arise from actions by police, says their investigation into the May 16 incident showed officers were justified in using the police service dog and there are no grounds for charges against any officer.

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SiRT says that on the night of May 16, the RCMP responded to a residence in Chester, N.S., to reports of a domestic assault.

When they arrived, officers were advised that the alleged perpetrator had left the home armed with a loaded rifle and entered the wooded area nearby.

Police determined they needed the assistance of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and a police service dog.

With the help of the police dog, the man was located in a densely treed area.

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The suspect initially resisted arrest and as a result, was bitten by the dog.

He was taken to hospital for treatment.

SiRT says the RCMP were justified in using a service dog to find a fleeing suspect and to protect the safety of officers during the search.

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