Manitoba

Man serving sentence in shooting of Manitoba RCMP officer dies at Stony Mountain penitentiary

A man who was among four charged after an RCMP officer was shot near Onanole in August 2018 died in custody on Monday, the Correctional Service of Canada said in a release on Tuesday.

Tommy Beaulieu was sentenced to 13 years, less time served, for role in August 2018 shooting

RCMP arrested a man in Neepawa, Man., on Aug. 30, 2018, following the shooting of a RCMP officer near Onanole, Man., the evening before. (John Woods/Canadian Press)

A man who was among four charged after an RCMP officer was shot near Onanole, Man., in August 2018 died in custody on Monday, the Correctional Service of Canada said in a news release on Tuesday.

At the time of his death, Tommy Beaulieu, 23, had been serving a sentence at Stony Mountain Institution.

Corrections Canada did not release any details about how Beaulieu died.

In a news release Tuesday, though, RCMP said they were called to the federal prison at around 1:15 p.m. on Monday about an inmate in medical distress. They said foul play was not suspected in the death of the man, who was found unconscious and was later pronounced dead.

While the RCMP release did not identify Beaulieu by name, it said the inmate involved was a 23-year-old man. Beaulieu was 21 at the time of his arrest in 2018.

Corrections Canada said it will review the circumstances surrounding Beaulieu's death.

Beaulieu pleaded guilty in August 2019 to two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, one count of breaking and entering to steal firearms, and one count of robbery for his role in a string of crimes that led to the shooting of Cpl. Graeme Kingdon.

He was sentenced last summer to 13 years, less time already served in custody prior to his sentencing, leaving him with a sentence of just over 10 years.

Beaulieu was one of four men arrested after Kingdon was shot and wounded as he and his partner responded to a break-in outside of Onanole, a small town located just south of Riding Mountain National Park, on the evening of Aug. 29, 2018. 

Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was seriously injured when he was shot in the back of the head. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

Kingdon suffered serious injuries as a result of the shooting. 

Beaulieu was arrested after an hours-long standoff in Neepawa, Man. 

He had been in custody since his arrest.

Although Beaulieu was not the one who shot at Kingdon and his partner, a Crown attorney argued in court in 2019 that he was "culpable for the aggravated injury to Cpl. Kingdon and endangerment of Const. Thompson as it was a foreseeable outcome to the … [plan] of which he was a party."

Beaulieu's family has been notified of his death, Corrections Canada said.

RCMP said police from the Stonewall detachment, along with forensic identification services, continue to investigate the death.

With files from Riley Laychuk

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