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Officer investigating perceived threat against Newfoundland premier shoots man dead

Premier Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador says his staff told police about tweets that prompted an investigation into a perceived threat during which a man was shot dead.
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April 06, 2015 - 9:29 AM

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Premier Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador says his staff told police about tweets that prompted an investigation into a perceived threat during which a man was shot dead.

Davis says he wasn't aware about the tweets until he heard about the death of Don Dunphy, who was fatally shot by an officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary on Sunday.

He says he was deeply saddened when he heard about the shooting and his thoughts and prayers are with the Dunphy family.

Chief William Janes of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says the officer involved was a member of its protective services unit, which provides security and ongoing threat and risk assessments for the premier and elected officials.

Janes says the officer was working a regularly scheduled shift Sunday when he went to the home of Dunphy in Mitchells Brook, about 80 kilometres southwest of St. John's, as part of an investigation.

Janes says he wasn't aware of the officer having any partner or backup when he went inside the home at about 2:30 p.m. and shot Dunphy.

The officer was not injured in the shooting.

Janes declined to identify the officer and the RCMP are now investigating the shooting.

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