Seven years after it happened, a Vancouver Island cop has been acquitted of aggravated assault after shooting an unarmed man at a traffic stop.
Nanaimo RCMP Const. David Pompeo has been acquitted in a retrial.
He shot Bill Gillespie in the shoulder during a traffic stop in Chemainus in 2009.
Defence lawyer Ravi Hira says it was an appropriate use of force, as Pompeo believed the driver was armed, and his life was at-risk.
“He was acting in accordance with his training.”
Crown spokesperson Daniel McLaughlin suggests an appeal is unlikely.
“Appellate courts are quite hesitant to overturn a trial judge’s findings of facts but we will carefully consider the ruling.”
Pompeo was convicted of aggravated assault in 2013 and sentenced to probation and community service.
He later won his appeal and granted the new trial.