Several positions were vacant at the Melfort RCMP detachment in September 2022. (Archive photo)
Cross-examined by the lawyer representing the Nation shouts James Smith, Darren Simons acknowledges that his detachment was facing a manpower shortage in September 2022. However, he does not believe that the reduced team hindered the response offered by the RCMP since members of other detachments came to lend a hand.
Like his former colleague David Miller on Wednesday, Darren Simons also recognizes that the fact that addresses and street names are not always displayed may have caused some confusion among first responders.
The testimony of the ex-wife of Myles Sanderson, the man responsible for the attacks, is expected during the afternoon.
Since the beginning of the investigation, only members of the RCMP have testified.
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The coroner's inquest is being held at the Kerry Vickar Center in Melfort, about 40 km from the two communities affected by the attacks.
Proceedings began on Monday with the timeline of events, both the timing of the attacks and the whereabouts of Myles Sanderson and his brother, Damien Sanderson, in the preceding days.
The first two police officers to arrive on scene were then able to describe their arrival in the James Smith Cree Nation and how they handled the crisis.
The Melfort RCMP detachment commander also described the operation of his detachment and its relationship with the First Nation.
Having started on Monday, the coroner's inquest aims to shed light on the deaths of the various victims, in particular how these people were killed, as well as when and where it happened. It also aims to make recommendations to prevent such a tragedy from repeating itself.
A second investigation into the death of Myles Sanderson is scheduled for February.
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