The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating a matter involving the arrest of a person that resulted in serious injuries.
On Friday October 20th Halifax Regional Police (HRP) received a complaint that a person wanted by police was a passenger in a taxi in the Dartmouth area. Preliminary information suggests that when police located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, the person exited the taxi before it came to a complete stop and fled the scene. A foot chase ensued and during the execution of the arrest the person suffered facial injuries.
As a result of the serious injuries, in accordance with the Police Act, HRP contacted the SiRT which has assumed responsibility for the investigation.
The SiRT is responsible for investigating all matters that involve death, serious injury, sexual assault and domestic violence or other matters of significant public interest that may have arisen from the actions of any police officer in Nova Scotia. 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.