Nfld. & Labrador

Don Dunphy investigation: Saskatoon police called in to assist

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has confirmed that the Saskatoon Police Service has been called in to help with an internal review of the Don Dunphy shooting.
Lawyer Erin Breen maintains an out-of-province police force should be called in to investigate the shooting death of Don Dunphy. (CBC)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has confirmed that the Saskatoon Police Service has been called in to help with an internal review of the Don Dunphy shooting.

Dunphy was killed by an RNC officer in his home in Mitchells Brook on Easter Sunday, after the officer responded to a request to investigate a perceived threat against Premier Paul Davis.

The RCMP, which polices Mitchells Brook, is handling the criminal investigation into the incident.

For its internal review, the RNC has called on police from Saskatoon to assist — a move that lawyer Erin Breen, who is representing Dunphy's daughter Meghan, welcomes.

"We're happy with that. We think it's the right thing to do, certainly," she told CBC News.

"We are pleased to see that the RNC is doing the right thing in calling in an outside force to ensure transparency and independence."

Breen said it would be unacceptable for the RNC to do its internal review alone.

"It would have been very troubling, very upsetting for Ms. Dunphy, because you expect that the force would do the right thing," she said.

RCMP accused of not taking concerns seriously

Meanwhile, Breen is still calling for an external police force to handle the criminal investigation.

She said her client remains deeply troubled that the RCMP is handling its investigation alone.

"We also made it clear, to be fair to the local RCMP, that we weren't bothering to communicate with them again," she said.

"We feel that our concerns have not been taken seriously, so what's the point?"

Breen said she has written senior RCMP officials in Ottawa about her client's concerns, and that she has received no real response. 

In June, Meghan Dunphy said she found a bullet in her father's home after the RCMP had completed its investigation of the scene. 

With files from Mark Quinn

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