RCMP have taken over policing in the Rural Municipality of Whitehead, west of Brandon, after the community's only police officer was suspended.

It stems back to an incident in January, when a 19-year-old Brandon woman was accidentally shot.

Brandon police said the gun involved in the shooting was in stolen police vehicle.

A 29-year-old Brandon man was charged last weekend.

There's no word on the specific reasons for the officer's suspension.