A firearm was discharged at Justice and Public Safety peace officers near Ritchie, N.B., close to Nackawic

The New Brunswick RCMP is asking for the public’s help as it continues to investigate an incident where a firearm was discharged at Justice and Public Safety peace officers near Ritchie, N.B., close to Nackawic.

Police are interested in speaking to anyone who was driving in either direction on the Trans-Canada Highway on November 5, 2021 between 8:45 and 9:45 a.m., between kilometres 212 and 227 near Ritchie. They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have dash-cam or other footage of the area during that time, or who may have witnessed a small dark grey or silver four-door sedan driving in the area.

On November 5, at approximately 9:20 a.m., two peace officers in a black marked Justice and Public Safety SUV were conducting enforcement patrols in the area of Temple Road and Highway 2 near Ritchie. They observed a small dark grey or silver car exit Temple Road and drive the wrong way in the westbound lane of Highway 2 at a high rate of speed. The peace officers engaged their emergency equipment and pursued the car.

A short distance later, the car entered the emergency turnaround and proceeded to drive the right direction in the eastbound lanes. The peace officers’ vehicle followed, and attempted to pull up beside the car. At that moment, a passenger in the back seat of the car discharged a firearm at the peace officers’ vehicle, striking the passenger side window and the driver’s headrest. One peace officer suffered minor injuries. The car then turned around on the highway, and was last seen driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes on Highway 2.

The suspect vehicle is described as a small dark grey or silver four-door car. The driver is described as a man in his early-20s, who was wearing a black ball cap and dark lensed glasses. No description is available of the other two people in the car.

“This is a very serious incident and we are conducting a thorough investigation to identify and hold accountable those responsible,” says Cpl. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP. “If you were on Highway 2 near Ritchie on Friday morning, or if you recognize the description of the vehicle or the occupants, please call police or Crime Stoppers immediately.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has dash-cam footage, or who has information on those responsible is asked to call the Nackawic RCMP at 506-575-6200. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.

The investigation is ongoing.

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