Killing of Oct. 22 Parliament Hill gunman was justified, report concludes

An independent report into the Oct. 22 storming of Parliament Hill concludes security forces were justified in using lethal force against gunman Michael Zehaf Bibeau.

OTTAWA — An independent report into the Oct. 22 storming of Parliament Hill concludes security forces were justified in using lethal force against gunman Michael Zehaf Bibeau.

The Canadian Press has learned the report contains a very detailed account of how Zehaf Bibeau was killed during the response by parliamentary security forces and RCMP members.

On Oct. 22, the Mounties asked the Ontario Provincial Police to conduct an independent, external investigation into the events which took place on Parliament Hill that resulted in Zehaf Bibeau’s death.

A week later, House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer asked the OPP to expand the investigation to include the actions of the House security personnel.

Scheer’s office said Tuesday it had received the report but, until internal analyses are complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further.

The OPP was also asked to conduct a separate review of the events that took place from Wellington Street, the thoroughfare in front of Parliament Hill, up to the doors of the Centre Block.

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