No charges for officer who shot man in Dartmouth: SIRT
SIRT investigation found officer's actions in shooting of Christopher Cockerill reasonable
No charges will be laid after an investigation by Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team into a shooting incident involving Halifax Regional Police this past summer.
On the evening of June 27, police confronted a man at his apartment on Gaston Road in Dartmouth. Police said Christopher Cockerill, 35, then produced a knife and tried to stab one of the officers before fleeing the apartment.
Following a short foot chase, police located him on a ball field behind Prince Arthur Junior High.
Cockerill was shot by police after one of the officers “perceived an immediate threat to his safety,” after refusing to drop the knife, police said in a news release.
He was struck by three shots, SIRT said, suffered non-life threatening injuries, was released from hospital the next day and into police custody.
According to the news release, Cockerill told SIRT "he had been using crack cocaine for four days, and heard his deceased father’s voice tell him he should kill himself. He said he wanted the police to shoot him. He also said he turned to run before he was shot, but none of the many civilians who were playing ball on the field and witnessed the shooting saw that occur."
The subsequent investigation has deemed the officer’s actions in the shooting reasonable, SIRT said in a news release on Monday.
SIRT investigates all serious incidents involving the police in the province, regardless of whether there is an allegation of wrongdoing.