Assault charges dropped against man shot at by police

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Eight assault-related charges against 26-year-old Justin Michael Chipman have been dismissed.

Judge Lois Skanes said in provincial court this morning the evidence did not support finding Chipman guilty of assaulting four Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers during an incident on Memorial University’s campus in which he was shot at by police.

Justin Michael Chipman - Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

Skanes did find Chipman guilty of dangerous driving.

All charges relate stem from an incident in the parking lot of MUN's Field House on Feb. 18, 2014.

Skanes said an RNC officer's decision to fire a shot at Chipman while he was inside a vehicle constituted a breach of his rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The police had been watching Chipman after receiving reports that someone was breaking into cars parked at the Field House.

Although she does not feel it warrants a stay of proceedings, as was requested by defence lawyer Ken Mahoney, Skanes maintained a remedy was necessary, suggesting that a reduced sentence be applied to the dangerous driving charge.

The matter will return to court Tuesday for sentencing.



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  • bob
    August 29, 2014 - 15:12

    Cst. D. Spurrel should be on trial next. Hopefully the Public Complaints Commission disciplines him to the full extent of the RNC Act 1992

  • Tom
    August 29, 2014 - 13:10

    This young fellow was lucky he did not get his head blown off for stealing a few loonies from parked car ashtrays. And the cop, obviously his story never jived with fellow officers on the scene. If reinstated he should never be permitted to carry a side arm again.

  • Frank
    August 29, 2014 - 11:12

    Our "Injustice" system at work again! I hope the judges car is broken into and robbed. The guy was breaking into cars and stealing. What about those charges? He should be strung up!

    • Andrew Robinson
      August 29, 2014 - 13:21

      Not mentioned in this story (but will be in paper) — theft, possession of stolen goods and mischief charges were dealt with earlier. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on those.

    • Tommakita
      August 29, 2014 - 14:18

      Seriously? You would hang someone for breaking into a car? Disgusting.

  • guy incognito
    August 29, 2014 - 08:54

    That's some fine police work Lou...... So if the trigger-happy cop who fired the shot breached his rights, does that mean the cop will be disciplined?