Monday, January 19, 2015

RCMP need more protection after St. Albert shooting, says Kash Heed

The shooting of RCMP officers Derek Bond and David Wynn in St. Albert, Alta., highlights the need for more protection for Mounties, according to B.C.'s former solicitor general.

“We need to outfit our police officers, give them the tactics, give them the training … to ensure they go home each and every day,” said Kash Heed, also a former chief of the West Vancouver Police Department.

Aux. Const. Bond and Const. Wynn were injured while trying to arrest a man in a casino early Saturday morning.

Bond, who was hit in the arm and the torso, was released from hospital later Saturday. Wynn was shot in the head and is not expected to survive, according to RCMP.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson insisted that it was impossible to predict what the officers faced when they entered the casino, and argued the shooting was not due to a failure of training or equipment.

“They had no idea who this person was — none whatsoever,” he said Sunday.

“There is no way we could expect these officers would know the kind of threat that was walking around inside that casino."

CBC Reporting

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