August 10, 2019 11:26 am
Updated: August 12, 2019 7:18 pm

Police watchdog investigating after RCMP officer injured, man fatally shot in Truro, N.S.

WATCH: Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the incident that began with a stolen vehicle investigation and ended with a seriously injured police officer and dead suspect. Alicia Draus reports.

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Nova Scotia’s independent police watchdog is investigating after an RCMP officer fatally shot a man in Truro, N.S., on Saturday.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, a spokesperson for the Nova Scotia RCMP, told media on Saturday that officers were investigating a stolen vehicle in Cumberland County when the vehicle was spotted at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Truro, a town approximately an hour outside Halifax.

RCMP and Truro police attempted to stop the vehicle several times but were unsuccessful.

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WATCH: Nova Scotia’s independent police watchdog is investigating after an RCMP officer fatally shot a man in Truro, N.S., on Saturday.

Clarke says an RCMP officer on patrol was reportedly struck by the car on Willow Street as the officer attempted to stop the vehicle.

The officer then opened fire on the car, striking the driver who was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was in the vehicle and police say no one else was injured in the incident.

Clarke says the identity of the suspect has not been made public out of respect for their family.

The injured officer was transported with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has now been called in to investigate the incident.

The RCMP will not release any further information as a result of SiRT taking over the investigation.

With files from Jesse Thomas 

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