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Man charged with killing of Ridge Meadows Mountie makes court appearance

Nicholas Bellemare appeared via video
Man charged with shooting and killing Const. Rick O’Brien will next be in court on Tuesday, April 9. (The News files)

A man who has been charged in the killing of a Ridge Meadows Mountie was back in court Tuesday, March 19.

Nicholas Bellemare appeared via video in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court during a fix-date appearance.

Bellemare is accused of shooting and killing Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Rick O’Brien on Sept. 22, 2023, while the police officer was executing a search warrant with other officers at a Coquitlam residence, as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

During the altercation shots were fired, Const. O’Brien was killed, another officer was injured and a third officer sustained non-firearm-related injuries.

Bellemare was also wounded.

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Bellemare has been charged with first degree murder in O’Brien’s death.

Persons charged with a criminal offence are considered not guilty until the charges are proven in court.

O’Brien, 51 when he died, had been a Mountie for seven years. He was a Langley resident, and a father with six children.

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Bellemare’s next court appearance is set for Tuesday, April 9.

A publication ban was ordered on Sept. 23, 2023, for evidence given at bail hearings.

Colleen Flanagan

About the Author: Colleen Flanagan

I got my start with Black Press Media in 2003 as a photojournalist.
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