Nfld. & Labrador

Gun shot fired on MUN campus

Police confirm an RNC officer fired a service revolver near the Aquarena in St. John's Tuesday night.
Several Royal Newfoundland Constabulary cruisers were called to the Field House at Memorial University on Tuesday night. (Mark Quinn/CBC)

A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer suffered a minor injury Tuesday night in an incident on Memorial University's campus that involved a gunshot being fired.

Police rushed to the area of The Works on Westerland Road just around seven o'clock. Eyewitnesses report seeing at least seven police cars in the area and police officers with their weapons drawn.

People inside the Field House earlier said they had been told by police to stay inside, but CBC reporter Mark Quinn reported from the scene around 8:30 that the building wasn't locked down, even though there was still a heavy police presence in the area.

A suspect vehicle that was involved in the incident was later found torched a few streets away.

Chief Robert Johnston later told reporters that police were involved in a surveillance operation in relation to thefts from vehicles and a police officer was attempting to make an arrest at the time.

"When they attempted to make an arrest, the suspect ran, got into a vehicle and as a result of the suspect getting in the vehicle, he sped away," Johnston said. "Our officers at one point felt threatened and a shot was fired from a service weapon belonging to one of our members." 

An officer was injured as the vehicle sped away. But police say medical attention wasn't required.

The RNC has asked the RCMP to review the conduct of the officer who was involved in the shooting incident.

A note posted to Twitter by Memorial University said, "There is a police investigation ongoing at Field House but no danger to people after incident earlier tonight."

Late Tuesday night, the police confirmed a suspect was taken into custody.