Nazi investigation: Senior RCMP officer urged to keep secret security bulletin on killer

An RCMP Deputy Commissioner today told an inquest that in May 2020, less than a month after a gunman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia, he opposed letting the public know that a police safety bulletin was nine years old Red flags have previously been raised over the killer shootings.

Deputy Commissioner Brian Brennan, the RCMP’s second most senior official, confirmed that during a meeting, another senior official suggested that the bulletin be shared with the public, but Brennan dismissed the idea.

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The bulletin was distributed to all police forces in the province on May 4, 2011, after a source told a Truro Police Service official that Gabriel Wortman was “intending to kill a police officer” and may be in possession of at least one handgun and several long rifles .

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The internal warning was not publicly released until May 29, 2020, when CBC News obtained the document through a freedom of information request.

The Bulletin confirmed that police across Nova Scotia were aware nine years before his killing spree that Wortman could be dangerous, although shortly after the killings the RCMP said he was unknown to police.

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On Friday, Brennan told a commission of inquiry that the bulletin should not have been released because it was unclear what impact it would have had on the RCMP, adding that the Mounties wanted to speak to Truro Police first.

Last year, Truro Police Chief David MacNeil told investigators that shortly after the mass killing, he took part in a call with senior RCMP officials who he said “prodded” him not to publish the Bulletin.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 9, 2022.

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