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An investigative unit in Ontario will in turn examine the circumstances of the shootings fired by the RCMP at the Onslow fire station.

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At 10:21 a.m. on April 19, 2020, two RCMP officers began firing shots at this fire station in Onslow. (Archive photo)

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Ontario's police oversight agency has been asked by its Nova Scotia counterpart to review new information uncovered by the #x27;investigation into the 2020 killings in the Maritimes province.

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) confirmed Friday that the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) recently determined that the #x27;investigation revealed new information about two Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers who shot at a fire station.

The Nova Scotia team released a statement saying the Ontario agency agreed to conduct another independent review to determine whether the new information would have impacted SiRT's March 2021 decision, to clear the officers of wrongdoing.

The federal-provincial investigation revealed that the author of the killing , Gabriel Wortman, was not at the Onslow, Nova Scotia, fire station on April 19, 2020, when the two constables shot a colleague and a civilian who they said resembled the suspect.

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A bullet mark on the barracks of firefighters from Onlsow, Nova Scotia, following the incidents of April 19, 2020.

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In his A six-page report on the event, the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team said the totality of the evidence led police to believe that it was the killer, whom they had seen at a distance of 88 meters that morning.

The team decided that the two officers fired their weapons to prevent further death or serious injury, saying they had reasonable grounds to believe that the person in their rifle sights was the mass murderer.

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