Constable Lionide Nicholas Johnston
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
End of Watch: Thursday, March 3, 2005
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 48568
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, March 3, 2005
Incident Location: Alberta
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Comitted Suicide
On March 2, 2005, two members of the RCMP attended a rural residence outside of Mayerthorpe, in the County of St. Anne, to assist with a court order seizure of property, with the intent of keeping the peace. As a result of our members attendance evidence was obtained which resulted in a search warrant being sworn and secured for a marijuana grow operation.
At approximately 04:30 a.m. on March 3, 2005, two uniform members were left to secure the property until Edmonton RCMP Auto Theft Unit members attended the location to conduct a search of the property for stolen goods. Just prior to 9:00 a.m., two additional uniform members attended the residence. At 9:15 a.m., two members of the Edmonton RCMP Auto Theft Unit arrived at the residence, and upon exiting the vehicle, heard shots being fired inside a quonset hut on the property. A male suspect exited the quonset and fired a number of shots at Auto Theft members, who returned fire. The male was in possession of a rapid fire auto carbine assault style rifle. This suspect retreated inside the quonset. Members of Edmonton and Red Deer Emergency Response Teams were immediately deployed along with other Support Units.
At 1418 hours March 3, 2005 after securing the scene, four members were located inside the quonset, and appeared to have succumbed to gunshot wounds. A male suspect has been positively identified and was also located deceased within the same building.
Constable Johnston is survived by his brother, who also served as a constable with the RCMP.
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