A photo of slain RCMP Const. David Wynn stands amongst flowers during his funeral procession in St. Albert, Alta., on Jan. 26, 2015. Wynn died four days after he and Aux. Const. Derek Bond were shot by Shawn Rehn in St. Albert, Alta, on Jan. 17, 2015.
Jason Franson / The Canadian Press
A fatality inquiry into the 2015 deaths of an RCMP officer at a St. Albert casino and the man who shot him began on Wednesday.Const. David Wynn was shot and killed inside a casino in the early morning of Jan. 17, 2015. While investigating a call of a stolen pickup truck at the casino he got into an altercation with a suspect and was shot in the head. Police then pursued Shawn Rehn to an empty home on a rural property outside the community. They found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head inside the house.The inquiries are now being conducted to investigate the circumstances surrounding both deaths and determine if anything can be done to prevent similar deaths in the future.On Wednesday morning Judge Bruce Garriock heard from a statement of facts, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) investigator directed to investigate Rehn’s death and the medical examiner who determined both causes of death.Dr. Mitchell Weinberg told the court Wynn was killed solely by a gunshot wound to the head sustained from a distance close enough that gunpowder from the muzzle of the gun left marks on Wynn’s forehead.Weinberg also said Rehn died from a gunshot wound sustained from a gun centimetres from his head. Weinberg said his findings were consistent with information that Rehn fired the gun himself.A toxicology report showed Rehn had a “significant” amount of methamphetamine and cocaine in his blood when he died. Weinberg said those drugs did not physically contribute to Rehn’s death.The fatality inquiry is scheduled to continue through the week, wrapping up late Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Garriock is then expected to file a report with recommendations or findings.Aux. Const. Derek Bond was also shot by Rehn during the altercation and he was released from hospital shortly after.Rehn, a career criminal, was out of jail on bail facing 29 charges stemming from a number of separate arrests when he shot the Mounties. No Crown prosecutor was in attendance for Rehn’s initial bail hearing and the judge presiding over the hearing was never told of Rehn’s criminal history.A review of Alberta’s bail system, which included a recommendation that prosecutors be present at each hearing, was brought forward after Wynn’s death. After a request by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley for legal clarity on the issue, Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil Wittmann ruled police have no legal authority to act during the hearings.A federal bill, introduced shortly after Wynn’s death, that would have made it mandatory for a prosecutor to disclose an accused person’s criminal record and any outstanding charges during a bail hearing, was defeated in firstname.lastname@example.org