‘Swamped’ Alberta police watchdog spurs calls for better justice system funding

Alberta’s police watchdog and the Crown’s office say they are working together to “help avoid unnecessary delays in the future” after an apparent glitch in communication contributed to a violent criminal case being thrown out over unreasonable delays. Experts suggest Alberta’s lack of efficiency in processing criminal cases has to do with a “chronic underfunding” of justice departments.

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    “Delays in appointing judges and hiring Crown prosecutors are the most visible sign of this underfunding, especially in Alberta,” Mount Royal University’s professor of justice studies Doug King said. “I also think that ASIRT has been swamped with investigations so when those two factors intersect there is more of a possibility that Jordan applications are going to happen.”

    READ MORE: Alberta murder case thrown out over trial delays, experts warn system on verge of collapse

    The landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling R. vs Jordan set out a new framework for determining whether a criminal trial has been unreasonably delayed. According to the framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings — from the date of charge to conclusion of a trial — exceed 18 months in provincial court or 30 months in superior court.

    Speaking at a press conferencing after the ninth of 10 police officer-involved shootings in the city of Calgary this year, the executive director of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) admitted its team is experiencing delays in writing and reviewing reports, but said it was “extremely disturbed” when a successful Jordan application was made in the case of Jason Harron.

    Harron was charged with a long string of offences, including criminal negligence causing bodily harm, after an incident with police in northwest Calgary in May of 2013. Two seniors were hit by an SUV outside a Crowfoot bank and Harron ended up being blinded after he was shot by police.

    “I can tell you we are extremely disturbed that that occurred in such a serious case and if ASIRT contributed to those charges being stayed, we want to know about it,” Susan Hughson said last week.

    Watch below from May 2013: In hopes of deflecting judgment and criticism, the mother of Jason Harron, who mowed down two innocent seniors, is speaking out. Jill Croteau reports.

    Hughson said ASIRT was never contacted by the Crown before the charges were stayed and she was not aware of a perceived delay in ASIRT’s disclosure (which she said was 20 days within the Crown’s request).

    A public affairs officer for Alberta Justice and Solicitor General said that was true, but told Global News ASIRT’s timeline on disclosure did indeed contribute to the charges being stayed.

    “But it was one of many factors,” Katherine Thompson wrote in an email. “To help avoid unnecessary delays in the future, the Crown and ASIRT are working together to refine the disclosure process for such cases.”

    When asked for a response to Hughson being “extremely disturbed” that Harron’s charges were stayed, Thompson said:

    “It’s the Crown’s discretion to enter a stay, in cases in which there is no longer a reasonable likelihood of conviction, including because of excessive delay. This experience is an opportunity to improve the disclosure process on cases in which there are multiple police agencies investigating different aspects of an incident for different purposes.”

    King suggested the recent Supreme Court Jordan decision was “almost inevitable” due to a lack of justice system funding.

    “While communications between the Crown and ASIRT are important and should be ongoing when delays are a real possibility, I do think it comes down to the provincial government to ensure both agencies are adequately resourced and that sufficient pressure is put on the federal government to fill judicial vacancies,” he said.

    “There is both an economic and a social cost associated with the effective operation of a provincial justice system. I do think one of the messages in the Jordan decision by the Supreme Court is that governments have been short-changing the public in this area.”

    A September 2016 report card on the criminal justice system called “Evaluating Canada’s Justice Deficit” gave Alberta a C+ grade.

    “[The report card found] Alberta has problems with criminal justice efficiency,” co-author and University of British Columbia law professor Benjamin Perrin wrote in an email to Global News. “The percentage of charges stayed or withdrawn in Alberta (for various reasons) was high at 35.3 percent on average and the average criminal case length was also greater than many other provinces at 183 days.”

    The report states “Canada is suffering from a ‘justice deficit’ – a large and growing gap between the aspirations of the justice system and its actual performance.”

    “With few exceptions, our justice system is slow, inefficient, and costly,” reads the report.

    “Canadians…deserve an open and constructive response from the actors administering it, including the police, Crown prosecutors, courts, governments, corrections authorities, victim services officials, and other professionals.”

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Mother remembers son killed in a Saskatoon industrial accident

A mother, whose son was killed Wednesday in an industrial accident, said he filled her world with love, joy and happiness that she never knew existed.

Describing yesterday as the hardest day of their lives, Rebeccah McFarland wrote several posts on Facebook as a tribute to her son, Austyn Schenstead.

“He was the funniest guy and always wanted to see other’s smile,” McFarland wrote in one post.

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    “He loved scaring the crap out of me and playing pranks. He’d give you the shirt off his back (unless it was a Flames jersey) and always be there for a friend.”

    McFarland said her son touched the lives of everyone he met and was always there for friends and family and said the love she felt from everyone has helped them get though the day.

    “And be happy. Austyn would want happiness.”

    READ MORE: Man killed in Saskatoon industrial accident

    Schenstead, 19, was killed while on the job after police say a large piece of concrete fell off a truck and onto him.

    He was working on the city’s sound wall project in Saskatoon’s Pacific Heights neighbourhood for a private contractor.

    The provincial coroner and occupational health and safety continue to investigate his death.

    Meaghan Craig contributed to this story

Canada’s 100 best restaurants of 2016, according to OpenTable reviewers

Get ready to feast your eyes on the latest batch of 100 Canadian restaurants given top honours by OpenTable — right in time for the holidays.

This group is considered to have the “best overall food and hospitality across the country,” based on more than 480,000 reviews on the online reservation site.

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    Those who dine out will have the most options in Ontario, according to the roundup. The province leads the pack with 45 restaurants, followed by British Columbia with 24, Alberta with 18 and Québec with 11. Manitoba has two eateries that made the cut.

    READ MORE: Toronto dominates Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants guide, Montreal earns top spot

    Noticeably absent, though, are the Maritimes and Saskatchewan.

    OpenTable recognized the latter last September, when it named Saskatoon’s Little Grouse on the Prairie one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada. Chop in Regina, meanwhile, recently made the cut for one of the 50 best steakhouses in Canada.

    The eastern provinces got some love for their own hot spots last month. Fireworks in Prince Edward Island came in third on enRoute magazine’s top 10 and Halifax’s Highwayman pulled into ninth spot.

    Just under half (49) of the restaurants being recognized on OpenTable’s latest list are new additions. They include “indulgent sushi spots to tantalizing trattorias, luxurious vineyards and everything in between.”

    “From established restaurants offering traditional dishes to innovative eateries serving up the best ingredients from across the globe,” said Ziv Schierau of OpenTable Canada. “It’s clear that an elevated atmosphere, exceptional service, and most of all — delicious food — define the best restaurants in Canada.”

    This year Italian was the most popular cuisine among diners, followed by Canadian and French cooking. Japanese, contemporary American, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines were also highly sought after.

    The complete list is broken down by regions below:

    B.C.

    Vancouver

      Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge – Wedgewood HotelBauhaus RestaurantBlue Water CaféCinCin Ristorante + BarFive Sails RestaurantForageGotham Steakhouse and BarGyu-Kaku – VancouverHawksworth RestaurantHomer Street Cafe & BarHy’s Steakhouse EncoreJoe Fortes Seafood & Chop HouseL’Abattoir RestaurantLupo Restaurant & VinotecaMiku RestaurantMinami RestaurantOruOsteria Savio VolpePidginThe Teahouse RestaurantWest Restaurant

    Vancouver Island

      The Butchart Gardens – The Dining Room

    Whistler

      Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    Kelowna

      Quails’ Gate Estate Winery – Old Vines Restaurant

    Alberta

    Edmonton

      Canteen – EdmontonHardware GrillThe MarcSabor RestaurantWoodwork

    Calgary

      ANJUBlink RestaurantBoleroBow Valley Ranche RestaurantHy’s Steakhouse – CalgaryThe Lake HouseThe NashOx and Angela RestaurantRiver CaféTen Foot HenryVero Bistro ModerneWORKSHOP kitchen + culture

    Canmore

      Tapas Restaurant

    Manitoba

      529 Wellington – Winnipeg, ManitobaPineridge Hollow – RM of Springfield, Manitoba

    Ontario

    Toronto

      Alo RestaurantAuberge du PommierBentBlu RistoranteBOSK at Shangri-La Hotel TorontoBucaBuca YorkvilleByblos – TorontoBymarkCampagnolo – TorontoCanoe Restaurant and BarThe Carbon BarCarismaChabrolThe ChaseColette Grand Cafe and BakeryDaiLoEstiatorio VOLOSGeorge RestaurantHarbour SixtyHy’s Steakhouse – TorontoJacobs & Co. SteakhouseThe Keg Steakhouse + Bar – MansionThe Keg Steakhouse + Bar – York StreetLeeMiku Restaurant – TorontoMorton’s The Steakhouse – TorontoNota BeneONE RestaurantPatriaScaramouche RestaurantThe Shore Club – TorontoTerroni YONGETOCA – Ritz Carlton TorontoWoodlot

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

      BackhouseKitchen76 at Two Sisters VineyardsPeller Estates Winery RestaurantRavine Vineyard Winery RestaurantTreadwell Farm to Table CuisineTrius Winery Restaurant

    Oakville

      Trattoria TimoneCucci Ristorante

    Ancaster

      Ancaster Mill

    Cambridge

      Cambridge Mill

    Quebec

      BonaparteDamasEuropeaLe Club Chasse et PêcheLe FiletLe SerpentMaison BouludO.NoirRestaurant LeméacRestaurant Toqué!Tapeo

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New Brunswick storm shines light on need for emergency preparedness kits

New Brunswick’s first blast of winter is serving as a reminder to residents that they need to be prepared for winter emergencies.

READ MORE: N.B. expecting more snow, rain as crews work to restore power

Homeowner Kathy Hennessy said that in the midst of Tuesday’s bad weather, she realized that other than blankets she doesn’t have many emergency supplies in her house. Hennessy only lost power for about two minutes, but says she would have to rely on friends and neighbours in the event of a major emergency.

“I would desperately contact all of my friends to see if anybody had power so that we could kind of combine food into freezers,” Hennessy said, adding she plans on stocking up on supplies.

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At the peak of Tuesday’s power outage, more than 45,000 customers were without electricity.

READ MORE: First snowfall wallops much of New Brunswick

City of Fredericton spokesperson Wayne Knorr says residents should have emergency kits with items that could sustain them for up to three days.

“A kit would normally have things like batteries, water, things that you could easily heat if you had access to a camp stove or something like that, or things like granola bars, things like that that are easy to prepare and tide you over,” Knorr said.

Knorr also says it’s important to connect with family members and neighbours to combine resources.

RCMP Cpl. Ryan Lewis says it’s also important to prepare for winter road conditions. He says the RCMP responded to 24 collisions during Tuesday’s storm.

“Bring a shovel. You can always bring first aid kits, emergency blankets, anything that can help you be extra prepared to be prepared for a storm like this,” Lewis said.

He says people should “always use common sense” and stay in when driving conditions are dangerous, unless it’s “absolutely necessary” to travel. In addition, if drivers need to be on the roads, they should slow down and move over if they see emergency personnel.

The City of Fredericton currently has warming and charging stations available at the Grant•Harvey Centre and Willie O’Ree Place.

Lewis says drivers should visit 511 to check road conditions before travelling.

For anyone looking for more information on emergency preparedness, Knorr says the city’s website has useful information.

Tamara Lovett trial: court hears landlord thought her son was faking illness

A Calgary woman wept through much of her initial interview with police before she was charged in the death of her seven-year-old son.

Tamara Lovett, 47, is on trial charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and with criminal negligence causing death.

Ryan Alexander Lovett died in March 2013 after getting a strep infection that kept him bedridden for 10 days. The trial has heard the seven-year-old was treated with dandelion tea and oil of oregano. He died from massive organ failure.

“Oh God. My poor little boy,” Lovett said in an interview with police hours after he died at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Ryan Lovett

Provided to Global News

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    “It’s just flashing back. Why is this going on?” she asked in the interview played in court Thursday.

    “I’m a failure. You do everything you can for your kids.”

    READ MORE: Tamara Lovett’s estranged ex said he found out about son’s death on Facebook

    Much of the interview was unintelligible as she choked back the tears.

    Lovett told the officer that her son had flu symptoms that worsened a couple of days before his death. He was complaining of pain in his legs, his skin became jaundiced, his urine was dark and he was having trouble standing.

    She said he complained of stomach pains and she helped him into the bathroom.

    “I put him back to bed and that’s when I noticed his speech was starting to slur and I said, ‘We’re taking you to the hospital.’”

    Lovett said as she was getting him dressed he collapsed and she called 911. He died later that morning in hospital of sepsis.

    She said she wished she had put him in the car and taken him to hospital herself instead of waiting for paramedics to arrive.

    “I know it’s nobody’s fault but it’s just so unfortunate.”

    Watch below from Nov. 20: On Wednesday, court heard heartbreaking testimony from people who knew Tamara Lovett and her son, Ryan. As Tracy Nagai reports, tough questions were asked about why more wasn’t done for the little boy.

    Lovett was described by her friends in court as a nurturing mother who gave up everything to take care of him.

    “When I saw Ryan, he looked more angry and depressed. Personally, I actually thought he was faking it,” said Lovett’s friend Frank Keller, who was also the manager of the building she and Ryan lived in.

    “This kid was going into a clingy-like panic attack. He would not let go of his mother. I was pissed off at Tamara for being over-nurturing, over-mothering, having to do everything for the kid, keeping herself glued to the kid.”

    Keller said Lovett had lived at the apartment for about five years and he knew her from the arts community. He said she was unable to find full-time work because she was caring for Ryan, and was $3,000 behind on her rent.

    “I feel really, really bad with myself because I stood there on that last day looking out the window and looking at that kid and I’m pissed off that this kid’s faking it. I’m looking at the kid and I’m saying, ‘Why do you want to do this to your mother?’”

    READ MORE: Calgary mother arrested after 7-year-old son’s death

    Ryan Lovett

    Provided to Global News

    Harold Pendergrast, another of Lovett’s neighbours who described himself as a portraitist, said he took care of Ryan the day before he died.

    “He was usually a vibrant young man. He wasn’t as vibrant,” testified Pendergrast, who said he thought the boy was dealing with an “emotional burden” rather than something physical.

    “I did not see sunken eyes and a child on the edge of death at all. Did I see anything physically wrong with that boy? Energy level. He wasn’t out just ripping it up.”

    READ MORE: Tamara Lovett trial –  friend testifies 7-year-old son was in ‘state of supreme suffering’

    Lovett did not seem overly dismissive of conventional medicine, even though she used natural remedies to treat the boy, her friends said. They said she had taken antibiotics herself when a spider bite became infected.

    Keller said it was obvious Lovett thought Ryan had a cold or the flu and treated him as she thought was appropriate.

    “She went through everything in life on her own. I think she was really convinced this was a cold and she could beat it with whatever she was doing.”

    Doctors have testified treatment with an antibiotic would have saved Ryan’s life.

    Lovett described Ryan to police as a healthy and happy boy.

    “Smart, funny and always playing practical jokes. He liked to do art and he won’t be doing any more art. Oh my God.”

Your Saskatchewan – Regina: December 2016

Every day on Global Regina at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

Submit your photo with a description and location via Facebook, 桑拿会所 or by email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Photos should be added to the email as an attachment, in jpeg format, landscape orientation and at least 920 pixels wide.

READ MORE: Your Saskatchewan – Regina: November 2016

Dec. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Curt Borys along the Saskatoon River.

Dec. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a snowy owl was taken by Philippe Gaudet near Humbolt, Sask.

Dec. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Francisco Sosa in Regina, Sask.

Dec. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Wanda Larose in Ferguson Bay, Sask.

Dec. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by John Eagle in the Prince Albert National Park.

Dec. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Paul Harrison near Major, Sask.

Dec. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Leda Laliberte near Beaver River in northern Sask.

Dec. 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Shelly Gerein near Scott, Sask.

Dec. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken Gloria Katsiris on Jackfish Lake, Sask.

Dec. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Denny Klatt‎ in Lampman, Sask.

Dec. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Micheal Lessard near La Ronge, Sask.

Dec. 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Scott Aspinall.

Dec. 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jill Apshkrum. Frost and a combine was an all-too-common site this year, as harvest was drawn out.

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Dec. 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Joanna Komorek.

Dec. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kelly Pankratz near Saskatoon.

Dec. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gina Rea on Murray Lake.

Dec. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Craig Boehm near Regina.

Dec. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jay Riedel.

Dec. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Barbie Krushlucki near Wascana Park.

Dec. 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Eldon Laird near Prince Albert, SK.


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SaskPower rate increase coming next month

People can expect to see an increase on their power bills starting next month. SaskPower’s rate increase of 3.5 per cent takes effect on Jan.1.

The Crown corporation originally applied for a five per cent increase for January, but the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel recommended the 3.5 per cent increase.

According the SaskPower, the average urban residential customer will see a increase on their bill of $4 per month.

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    This is the second of two rate increases for customers in less than six months. Rates went up five per cent on July 1, which led to an average bill increase of $6 per month.

    “SaskPower understands its customers need reliable power,” Minister Responsible for SaskPower Gordon Wyant said in a statement.

    “In light of the challenges with maintaining and growing the electricity system, as well as keeping up with demand and meeting targets for renewable generation, additional funding is needed to provide that reliable power to the people of Saskatchewan. SaskPower has been making historic investments to maintain and improve our province’s electricity system to ensure it meets the growing need for power.”

    The Crown corporation says the increase will allow them to invest in a number of generation, transmission, and infrastructure projects.

    The projects include:

    • Pasqua to Swift Current transmission line ($260 million)
    • Kennedy to Tantallon transmission line ($113 million)
    • Construction of Chinook Power Station ($680 million)
    • Distribution customer connects ($509 million)
    • E.B. Campbell Hydroelectric Station life extension ($245 million)
    • Wood pole remediation ($498 million)

    “The approved rate increases provide us with the necessary financial certainty to make sure we have the power our customers need when they need it,” SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh said in a statement.

Alberta mom’s bleached bathing suit spurs questions on chlorine safety in Airdrie pool

An Alberta mother whose bathing suit was bleached after wading in the City of Airdrie tot pool with her young daughter is raising potential health concerns, despite being told the chemical levels were safe.

“It may be safe within Alberta standards, but what about for people to swim in that?” Jenny Wagner told Global News.

“It obviously bleached my bathing suit; I can’t see how that would be safe. It would be like swimming in my washing machine on a bleach cycle.”

An Alberta mom says her bathing suit was bleached after swimming in the City of Airdrie tot pool in November 2016.

Provided by Jenny Wagner

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    Wagner said she was at the pool with her daughter from about 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 29, but noticed “extreme” bleach spots all over her bathing suit when she got home. She had health concerns, so she called the pool. She said she was told the levels were safe: on a scale of one to 10, they tested at an eight at 12 p.m.

    City of Airdrie spokesperson Lynda Phelan told Global News the levels never exceeded the provincially-approved standard. She said water samples are sent to Alberta Health every few days and the city is notified if the water is outside of the range, which would result in a pool closure.

    She said between 400 and 500 people use the tot pool per day and there haven’t been any other reports of faded bathing suits.

    But Wagner said she’s heard similar concerns from other moms and remains concerned despite the official chemical level.

    “I want [pool management] to be more considerate of the people in the pool,” she said. “It (is unfortunate) if they have to close the pool down for contamination, but I would still go and pay if that means I have to wait an hour for the pool to be clean, rather than be worried about chemicals.”

    Wagner said despite being in the middle of swimming lessons for her daughter that have already been paid for, her family has decided not to visit the Airdrie pool until the issue is resolved in her mind.

    An Alberta mom says her bathing suit was bleached after swimming in the City of Airdrie tot pool in November 2016.

    Provided by Jenny Wagner

    With files from Mia Sosiak

Victoria Police and CBSA make fentanyl seizure worth $400K sent from China

A 27-year-old Montreal man is facing several drug trafficking charges after police seized $1.2 million of illicit drugs including 1.45 kilograms of fentanyl that was sent from China and bound for Victoria.

In mid-October, Victoria police started an investigation after an alert by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that a large shipment of fentanyl was being sent to an address in Victoria. CBSA officers were able to intercept the fentanyl package, which was worth an estimated $400,000.

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“Considering a lethal dose of fentanyl could be as little as two milligrams, there was enough fentanyl in this shipment to cause 725,000 possible overdoses,” Victoria Acting Police Chief Del Manak said.

“That’s more than twice the population of the entire Capital Regional District.”

The VicPD’s investigation led them to a home in Victoria and subsequently to another home in Saanich. In Saanich, officers seized 6,052 individual doses of a heroin/fentanyl mixutre, 1.2 kilograms of methamphedamine, and 6.2 kilograms of cocaine both in powder and crack form. VicPD estimated the street value at $850,000.

Police are recommending multiple drug trafficking charges against Duc Khoung Pham.

“VicPD is working on many fronts in the fight against fentanyl,” Manak said.

“One way we are combating the opioid crisis is to target the drug traffickers who are preying on some of the most vulnerable people in our community. I am immensely proud of the entire VicPD team that executed this successful operation.”

Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said the bust was possible due to cooperation and the sharing of intelligence across law enforcement agencies in the province and the result helps to protect British Columbians.

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Victoria Police and CBSA made a major drug bust worth $1.2 million.

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Victoria Police and CBSA made a major drug bust worth $1.2 million.

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Victoria Police and CBSA made a major drug bust worth $1.2 million.

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Florida cop attacked by pit bull accidentally shoots off own finger

A Florida police officer’s body camera captured the terrifying moment she shot and killed an attacking pit bull – and accidentally shot off her own finger.

Pasco County Deputy Monica Bray responded to a call last Saturday at a homeless camp after a pit bull attacked one of the residents.

Bray’s body camera was rolling as she approached a mobile home inside the camp. Suddenly, the pit bull appears in her field of vision.

The pit bull growls and appears to get aggressive as the officer approaches.

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    “Better stay there brother,” Bray can be heard warning the dog, before calling out to its owner. “Hello, Virginia!?”

    But moments later, the dog lunges forward, knocking Bray over. It’s not clear what happens next as the officer’s body camera is obscured; however it’s clear that Bray fires two shots from her service revolver.

    Then as she stands up, she realizes the consequences of at least one of her shots.

    “Shot my finger off. I just shot my fingers,” Bray says. “I don’t want to look at it.”

    READ MORE: No charges for Montreal pit bull owner involved in fatal attack

    Another officer then helps Bray into the back of his squad car. Police confirm the dog later died as a result of a gunshot wound inflicted by Bray.

    According to Jim Ames, who lives next to Virginia in the camp, the pit bull is usually on a leash, but that was not the case last Saturday.

    “She was on her back and the dog was headed for her,” Ames told WFLA News in Florida. “Someone had cut the leash.”

    Meanwhile, investigators tell Bay 9 News that the dog may have broken its own leash, either during the initial attack on the homeless man or the subsequent attack on Bray.

    Ames said he feels sorry for the dog’s owner, but says he felt Bray had no choice but to fire.

    “It really hurt [the owner] because it was a rescue dog to begin with and it was her protection in case somebody came in during the night or anything like that,” Ames said. “The dog just kept coming, there was nothing [Bray]could do. I can’t find fault with the Pasco County Sheriff Department at all.”

    The department has not made Bray available for interviews as she recovers from her injuries, and say they are conducting a full investigation into the incident.

    Police did mention that Bray is the owner of three pit bulls herself and is familiar with their behaviour and how to handle them.