Nfld. & Labrador

Don Dunphy's daughter finds bullet after RCMP investigate scene

For the second time, Meghan Dunphy is raising red flags about how the RCMP is handling the investigation into her father's shooting death.

Items of no 'evidentiary value,' RCMP spokesperson says

Don Dunphy, seen during a 2011 interview with CBC News, was fatally shot on Easter Sunday. (CBC)

For the second time since Don Dunphy was shot dead in his home, his daughter is publicly raising red flags about how the RCMP is handling the investigation.

Meghan Dunphy told CBC News she is frustrated because she found a bullet in the room where her father was killed — after the RCMP had completed its investigation of the scene. 

Dunphy, 59, was shot and killed April 5 by a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer who was assigned to Premier Paul Davis's security detail. The officer had travelled to Dunphy's house in Mitchells Brook after a staff member of the premier's office interpreted one of Dunphy's tweets as a threat. 

Although Dunphy's family has called for an outside police force, like the Ontario Provincial Police, to investigate the killing, the RCMP has held on to the case.

Meghan Dunphy spoke to the CBC's David Cochrane Monday night, but declined an interview. 

Instead, Dunphy provided CBC News with an exclusive statement to CBC News, which said she has "found two different items that should have been collected by the police."

"I've had to call the RCMP back to my father's home on two separate occasions to collect what they failed to collect," Dunphy said.

Discovery of bullet

Last week, a month after the RCMP released Don Dunphy's house back to his daughter, she found a bullet on the living room floor, Meghan Dunphy said.

I have no special training, but it is plain and obvious to me that the RCMP have not done their job- Meghan Dunphy

It has left her questioning the RCMP's ability to investigate her father's death.

"I cannot believe that this investigation is allowed to continue on," Meghan Dunphy said. "I have no special training, but it is plain and obvious to me that the RCMP have not done their job."

Dunphy said the commanding officer is aware of the discovery of items she believes should have been found during the RCMP's investigation of the house. 

She said her repeated requests for an outside police investigation have been denied.

Lawyer Erin Breen, who is representing the Dunphy family, also called for an independent investigation in late April after she noticed what she called flaws in the investigation.

When contacted by CBC News Tuesday, RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Boyd Merrill said officers are "sensitive to her [Meghan Dunphy's] concerns."

"Police investigators are confident that evidence gathered at the residence during the scene examination is thorough and complete," Merrill wrote in an email.

"The items subsequently offered to the RCMP are of no evidentiary value."

Justice and Public Safety Minister Darin King has said he will take no action until the RCMP concludes its investigation into Dunphy's death.

The initial investigation conducted by the RCMP officers, whose jurisdiction covers Dunphy's home in Mitchells Brook, indicated Dunphy pointed a rifle at the officer before being shot. 

With files from David Cochrane


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