Former Rockland resident died in line of duty GREGGCHAMBERLAIN  gŏđŏ tual case. Members of Dery’s family in the Ottawa- Orléans area have asked for privacy as they mourn.

after a woman escaped from the premises. Dery and his partner were both shot by the gunman when they stepped out of their patrol cars. Both were taken to hos- pital. Dery died of his injury. The Sûreté du Québec confirmed to media that the other officer is in stable condition but his name has not been released.

Neighbouring homes were evacuated as police set up a protective perimeter. When they later entered the house on Sunday, they found a dead man whom they believe was the shooter. At press time the unofficial view is that the man took his own life but police are still investigating to determine if that is the ac-

A brother of the deceased is an Ottawa firefighter and the Ottawa Fire Department has issued a statement of condolences to the family.

A standoff in Northern Québec between police and an armed suspect who may have been suicidal claimed the life of a former resident of both Rockland and Or- léans. Steve Dery, 27, was shot March 2 when he and a fellow officer of the Kativik Regional Police Force arrived at the scene of a do- mestic dispute call in the village of Kuujjuaq in Nunavik, Québec’s northern territory. The 17-hour standoff over the March 2 weekend began with a 911 call late Saturday night and endedmid Sunday afternoon when po- lice made a careful approach into the house

Assault charges in domestic calls

the couple air their complaints to first de- termine if charges were necessary. A 28-year-old Rockland man is now charged with assault. He will appear in pro- vincial court March 13 in L’Orignal. Domestic violence is considered assault under the Canadian Criminal Code.

The 29-year-old Clarence Creek woman is scheduled for a March 13 provincial court appearance in L’Orignal on an assault charge. The following day in Rockland police at- tended a domestic dispute call at a resi- dence on Giroux Street. Officers listened to

Police have two domestic dispute files for the City of Clarence-Rockland that ended with assault charges. On March 1 police were called to Clarence Creek where a woman found walking along Henrie Road proved to have been involved in a domestic incident earlier in the day.

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