Fatal crash referred to SiRT after attempted traffic stop

RCMP Halifax Regional Detachment has referred a fatal crash to SiRT following an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

At approximately 7:05 p.m. RCMP Halifax Regional Detachment members attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1800 of Hammonds Plains Rd. in relation to ongoing investigations by Halifax Regional Police and RCMP. The vehicle, a black GMC pick up truck, fled, turning onto Glen Arbour Way.

Moments later, the same vehicle crashed on Glen Arbour Way near Skye Cres. Officers learned the vehicle left the roadway, struck a power pole and came to rest in the ditch. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was located outside the vehicle. EHS pronounced the man deceased at the scene.

RCMP Collision Reconstruction and Analyst Services attended the scene. Glen Arbour Way was closed and has since reopened.

RCMP Halifax Regional Detachment has referred the matter to the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT). SiRT independently investigates all serious incidents which arise from the actions of police in Nova Scotia. There does not have to be an allegation of wrongdoing.

Given the matter is now being investigated by SiRT, the RCMP will respectfully refrain from discussing further details.

SiRT release:

The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal crash last evening in Hammonds Plains.

Preliminary information suggests the following:

  • In the evening of February 26, 2024, the RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police were attempting to locate a male suspect in relation to ongoing investigations -.
  • Upon learning that the male suspect was in the Tantallon area, RCMP responded.
  • Soon after, the RCMP located the vehicle in Hammonds Plains and attempted to make a traffic stop. The male suspect fled the area at a high rate of speed. Moments later, the vehicle crashed, and the male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

As a result of the death, in accordance with the Police Act, the RCMP contacted the SiRT who have assumed responsibility for the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call SiRT at 1-855-450-2010.

The SiRT is responsible for investigating all matters that involve death, serious injury, sexual assault and intimate partner violence or other matters of public interest that may have arisen from the actions of any police officer in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. Investigations are under the direction and control of an independent civilian director, who has the sole authority to determine if charges should be laid at the conclusion of an investigation.


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