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Constable Neil McArthur Bruce
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 14, 1965

Biographical Info
Age: 26
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, April 14, 1965
Incident Location: British Columbia
Weapon Used: Rifle; .22 caliber
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable Neil Bruce was stationed in British Columbia at the time of his death. Constable Bruce was responding to a complaint of a girl screaming for assistance on April 10, 1965.

Constable Bruce tried to reason with a man known to the police. Constable Bruce approached a cabin unarmed as a goodwill gesture and tried to gain release of a 16 year old girl who had been repeatedly raped by the suspect.

When Constable Bruce got close to the cabin he was shot with a .22 rifle. In the rush of all the commotion the girl escaped but was shot twice. She survived. Constable Bruce was rushed to hospital with a bullet wound to the chest. His condition improved but he took a turn for the worse and died from pneumonia arising from the bullet wound to the lung on April 14.

The suspect escaped but was later tracked and located on April 20, 1965. He was surrounded and asked to surrender. He took his own life with the .22 rifle he used to kill Constable Bruce.

Constable Bruce had 4 years service at the time of his death.

Constable Bruce is survived by his wife, 2 children and parents.

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