Halifax stabbing suspect centre of police conduct probe
Serious Incident Response Team investigating in-custody injuries to suspect Alexander Welch
A man accused of trying to kill a police officer last month is now at the centre of a police conduct probe looking at how his nose was broken while in the custody of Halifax Regional Police.
Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team, which looks at serious incidents arising from police actions, is investigating the incident.
This comes after the team first turned down a request from Halifax Regional Police to examine how the stabbing suspect got a broken nose and other face injuries.
Alexander Welch, 31, was taken into custody at the Metro Turning Point on Sept. 20. During the arrest, he allegedly stabbed a Halifax Regional Police officer and is now charged with attempted murder.
Police said a Taser was used to get control of the man. When he was taken to police cells the broken nose and other face injuries were noticed, according to HRP.
In a news release, SiRT said the case was initially referred to it by Halifax police. But the team didn’t launch an investigation “as the man’s injuries do not meet the SiRT definition of serious injuries.”
SiRT has reconsidered that, according to the release.
“Subsequently, additional information led to the decision to investigate under the public interest component of SiRT’s mandate,” it says.