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RCMP conclude no charges to be laid in death of Donald Dunphy

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador has completed the investigation into the shooting death of Donald Dunphy and there will be no criminal charges.

On April 5, 2015, Dunphy died at his home in Mitchell’s Brook as the result of a shooting involving a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer (RNC) who was a member of the Premier Paul Davis' protective detail. The officer said he was at the Dunphy residence in relation to his duties.

Upon conclusion of its investigation in January 2016, the RCMP requested the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), a civilian led independent investigative unit, conduct a review of the RCMP’s investigation into this matter. The RCMP investigation was also monitored by an independent observer, Justice David Riche.

On August 30, ASIRT delivered a report of its review of the RCMP investigation. The report concluded the RCMP investigation followed the best practices and principles of major case management and that it was thorough, complete and unbiased, the RCMP said in a news release.

The role of ASIRT was to provide an objective, independent and critical examination and assessment of the RCMP investigation, the RCMP said. ASIRT examined how the investigation was conducted, if established practices were followed and if all appropriate investigative steps were taken.

However, ASIRT did not conduct a separate or second investigation into the shooting death.

The results of the RCMP investigation and also of the ASIRT review were shared today with the Dunphy family. RCMP investigators have also advised the RNC officer involved in the incident of the findings of the investigation.

On April 5, 2015, Dunphy died at his home in Mitchell’s Brook as the result of a shooting involving a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer (RNC) who was a member of the Premier Paul Davis' protective detail. The officer said he was at the Dunphy residence in relation to his duties.

Upon conclusion of its investigation in January 2016, the RCMP requested the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), a civilian led independent investigative unit, conduct a review of the RCMP’s investigation into this matter. The RCMP investigation was also monitored by an independent observer, Justice David Riche.

On August 30, ASIRT delivered a report of its review of the RCMP investigation. The report concluded the RCMP investigation followed the best practices and principles of major case management and that it was thorough, complete and unbiased, the RCMP said in a news release.

The role of ASIRT was to provide an objective, independent and critical examination and assessment of the RCMP investigation, the RCMP said. ASIRT examined how the investigation was conducted, if established practices were followed and if all appropriate investigative steps were taken.

However, ASIRT did not conduct a separate or second investigation into the shooting death.

The results of the RCMP investigation and also of the ASIRT review were shared today with the Dunphy family. RCMP investigators have also advised the RNC officer involved in the incident of the findings of the investigation.

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