There will be a fatality inquiry into the deaths of Lionel Desmond and his family in their home in Upper Big Tracadie.
The province’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Matt Bowes says he’s recommending the inquiry into the January 3rd deaths under the Fatality Investigations Act. Desmond, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, killed his wife, daughter, mother and then himself.
Bowes says there have been many questions raised by the family and members of the community. Bowes says he believes an inquiry could help us learn from this tragedy and hopefully prevent future deaths in similar circumstances.
Justice Minister and Attorney General Mark Furey says the terms of reference and the appointment of a judge to oversee the inquiry will be announced in the new year.
The Nova Scotia RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation to determine what led to the deaths of four people at a home in Upper Big Tracadie. Guysborough RCMP arrived on the scene shortly after 6 last night where they discovered four bodies in the home. Police say initial observations suggest that three females aged 52, 31 and 10 and a 33-year-old man died of apparent gunshot wounds. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to confirm the cause of death. The man’s gunshot wounds appear to be self-inflicted. There was no sign of forced entry.
Police says two firearms have been found, but a search on the scene is continuing.
Guysborough RCMP say officers have discovered four people dead inside a home in Upper Big Tracadie.
Officers were called to the scene shortly after 6 Tuesday night. Police are not releasing any other details about the incident at this time, except to say there is no risk to the public.
RCMP are continuing their investigation and will be releasing further details when they become available.