For those we spoke with, this process was not easy.Wounds were fresh, healing had just begun and people were only beginning to pick up the pieces and move forward.The evening of Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Moncton, New Brunswick was warm and sunny.
It is natural for officers involved in a traumatic event to not recall or have inaccurate recollections of what took place.
As a result of this, the positions of some individuals at key points during the incident are approximations based on the totality of the information available to the Review Team.
No one could have predicted that this bright summer's evening would quickly darken as the tragic events that unfolded would change the lives of many forever.
That evening, within 20 minutes, Constables David Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan, and Douglas Larche were murdered, Constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded, Cst.
The team also re-interviewed multiple members and civilians and attended the scenes with members who were directly involved to obtain first-hand accounts.
The information we relied on to understand what took place was largely dependent upon the memories of those involved, including both citizens and police.
Reviews of this nature involve much more than simply conducting an investigation and writing a report.
The team conducted a thorough and detailed review but never once lost sight of the fact that members of the Force were killed and injured and many others were impacted in ways that most of us will never understand.
It is expected that those who read this report who were involved in this incident may experience further evolution of their recollections as they process the information contained herein.
Although we analyzed the statement of Justin Bourque, the fact that he was still engaged in the judicial process precluded me from interviewing him.
Current literature indicates that perceptions are often not the same for officers involved in the same incident.