Family argument sparks fatal shootings

Feb. 25, 2009 at 1:45 PM
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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A jury in Canada has learned that a family argument preceded the fatal shooting of two Saskatchewan Mounties nearly three years ago.

Grace Small, the lead-off witness at the first-degree murder trial of Curt Dagenais, told the court her brother was involved in a dispute over ownership of the family home the night the shootings occurred, the Toronto Star reported Wednesday.

"He was mad ... just the look in the eyes," said Small.

Dagenais wanted everyone to leave the house and when they didn't, he stormed off to get help from the town's RCMP detachment.

The incident ended with the fatal shooting of Constables Marc Bourdages, 26, and Robin Cameron, 29, and the wounding of Constable Michelle Knopp.

The trial of Dagenais is expected to last three weeks with some 30 witnesses scheduled to testify before Queen's Bench Justice Gerald Allbright.

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