A Codiac Regional RCMP officer wept in Moncton court on Monday as he described trying to save a fellow officer who was fatally shot by Justin Bourque on June 4, 2014.
Const. Mathieu Daigle said he found Const. Fabrice Gevaudan lying on the ground wounded.
He dragged Gevaudan inside a resident’s garage, out of the line of fire, and started CPR, he said.
“[I] tried to save my friend,” Daigle recounted through tears.
But there was nothing he or the paramedics could do. Gevaudan was dead, Daigle testified on Day 10 of the RCMP’s labour code trial in connection with the shooting deaths of three Moncton Mounties and wounding of two others that night.
The national police force is charged with violating four health and safety provisions of the Canada Labour Code.
Daigle, the Crown’s seventh witness, said he was working at the office around 7 p.m. when he was asked to respond to a report of a man dressed in camouflage clothing walking the streets of the city’s north end with a rifle.
The man “looked angry,” Daigle was told.
Daigle said he caught his first glimpse of Bourque from about 80 to 100 metres away. Bourque looked like he was going hunting, walking slowly, taking time to stop and look around and listen, he said.
‘I screamed his name, he wasn’t answering.’
– Mathieu Daigle, RCMP constable
It was a nice hot day, and there were lots of children and families outside, said Daigle, who radioed Bourque’s location to his fellow officers.
“I told Fabrice where he was,” said Daigle. Bourque was walking away from them, he said.
“We have a man with a rifle, we don’t know what his intentions are, what state he’s in. We have to make contact with him, see what’s going on.”
“The only thing I…