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N.S. police watchdog investigating after RCMP fatally shoot man in Moncton

RCMP fatally shot and killed a man at a residence on Somerset Street in Moncton, N.B., on Aug. 5, 2019.
RCMP fatally shot and killed a man at a residence on Somerset Street in Moncton, N.B., on Aug. 5, 2019. Callum Smith/Global News

Nova Scotia’s independent police watchdog is investigating after a man was shot and killed by the RCMP in Moncton on Saturday.

New Brunswick RCMP say that at approximately 2 p.m., officers responded to a call on Somerset Street.

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At the scene, police say officers encountered a man who produced a weapon and “took actions that were threatening” to the Mounties.

“In response to these actions, a conductive energy device was discharged,” Staff-Sgt. André Pepin, a spokesperson for the RCMP, said in a press release.

“The man continued to threaten police with a weapon, and an RCMP member discharged their firearm at the suspect.”

Police say they attempted to resuscitate the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The identity of the 24-year-old has not been released and police say an autopsy has been scheduled.

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Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has now been called in to investigate. The agency will conduct a review of police actions in response to the incident.

Halifax Regional Police will reportedly assist SiRT with their review.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.