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Firearms charges laid against former RCMP officer 


A former RCMP constable has been charged with 12 criminal counts, including firearms charges, following an independent investigation by Nova Scotia’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT). 

Jeffrey Rae Gillis, 43, was charged on Aug. 5 with the following counts: unlawful storage of firearms; possession of firearms obtained by an offence; unlawful possession of firearms; unlawful possession of prohibited firearms together with ammunition; unlawful possession of restricted firearms together with ammunition; unlawful possession of prohibited weapons; five counts of filing false reports with a peace officer about the destruction of firearms; and breach of trust.

The charges involve allegations with respect to more than 70 firearms and other weapons.

Gillis is expected to appear in provincial court in Charlottetown on Aug. 15.

The director of SiRT, earlier today, released his report relating to an investigation involving Gillis.

On Feb. 20, 2016, the P.E.I. Department of Justice and Public Safety contacted (SiRT) with information regarding an investigation that had been commenced by the Charlottetown Police Service (CPS) involving a then member of the RCMP in P.E.I.

That investigation began on Feb. 14 when Charlottetown police responded to an incident that had allegedly occurred at Gillis’s home.

While investigating that matter, officers discovered a number of firearms within the home. Those, and other items, were eventually seized from the house.

Given the significant nature of the incident, SiRT was contacted and asked to conduct an independent investigation of the matter. That investigation commenced on Feb. 20, and was “significantly” assisted by members of the Charlottetown Police Department and the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team.

The full report was delivered to the provincial Justice minister on Aug. 8, in accordance with the requirements of SiRT’s appointment.

A copy of the full report is available at http://www.policecommissioner.pe.ca/Independent-Investigations.

 

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