The results of an independent, external investigation into the death of Brydon Whitstone in October of last year in North Battleford and an RCMP internal review have reached the same conclusion. Both say RCMP policy and procedure were followed. No criminal charges will be laid as a result of the Regina Police investigation, in consultation with the Crown, into the death of the 22 year old. The Coroners inquest is is scheduled for December 3rd to 7th at Court of Queens Bench in North Battleford.
On October 21st of last year, Battefords RCMP responded to a call about someone being chased by a vehicle and being shot at. Officers reported that the suspect was spotted and after a brief pursuit, the driver slammed his vehicle into a police cruiser. In response to the driver’s actions, an officer fired his gun, wounding Brydon Whitstone from Onion Lake First Nation. He was pronounced dead en route to the hospital. There was also a woman in the vehicle who suffered minor injuries.
The Regina Police Service conducted the independent investigation. In a news release, the RCMP says it welcomes the inquest which will allow for full disclosure of the facts, including a police officer’s role in investigation and enforcement to ensure public and officer safety during critical incidents.