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Cranbrook RCMP officer ordered to stand trial

Townsman Staff

RCMP officer Constable Richard Drought has been ordered to stand trial in Supreme Court under one count of careless use of a firearm.

The order came down on Wednesday following a three-day preliminary inquiry to determine whether the matter should move forward to a superior court.

The matter will move to an appearance in Supreme Court on April 13 to fix a date for trial.

The matter dates back to an incident in October 2012, when an on-duty officer allegedly discharged his firearm at the conclusion of a police pursuit of a vehicle with two occupants.

An investigative report was forwarded to the Branch by the Independent Investigations Office in April 2013 and charges of intentionally discharging a firearm into a motor vehicle knowing that another person was in the motor vehicle, and of intentionally discharging a firearm while being reckless as to the life or safety of another person, were sworn in August 2013.

Nickolas Bullock, who was travelling from Port Coquitlam, allegedly car-jacked a vehicle outside of Creston on Oct. 2, 2013. Bullock, who was travelling with a minor, was wounded after being shot during a police stop in Cranbrook.

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