Michel Vienneau widow granted access to shooting probe documents
Office of Attorney General has 1 more day to appeal the decision related to the 2015 shooting in Bathurst
Annick Basque will obtain documents from the RCMP's investigation into the 2015 shooting death of her partner, Michel Vienneau at the hands of the Bathurst Police outside the northern city's Via Rail station.
A Court of Queen's Bench judge granted Basque and her lawyer the right to obtain toxicology reports, a copy of the autopsy and other documents related to Vienneau's death and the resulting investigation of the operation that led to his shooting.
The Nova Scotia RCMP was given 30 days to supply the documents on July 10.
New Brunswick's Office of the Attorney General has confirmed the province sought leave to appeal, which was rejected on Monday.
Therefore, an appeal did not go ahead. If it had, the exchange of documents would have been delayed.
A preliminary hearing will be held in Bathurst on Aug. 23.
Court documents obtained by Basque in a civil suit against the City of Bathurst say police were acting on a Crime Stoppers tip that Vienneau was returning from Montreal with drugs when police attempted to arrest him on Jan. 12, 2015.
Other documents filed in the case, by the City of Bathurst, state the officers fired in self-defence after Vienneau's car accelerated towards an officer, pinning him against a snowbank.
An investigation into the incident by Nova Scotia RCMP turned up no evidence that Vienneau was involved in illegal activity.