In April of 2020, a gunman took the lives of 22 people and injured three others. The Nova Scotia mass shooting sent people around the country and the world into a state of grief and kick-started an investigation titled Operation H-Strong.
A police release says that though “the gunman is ultimately responsible for his actions,” he can never stand trial as he is no longer alive.
Through thousands of investigative hours, police have sought information about anyone that may have assisted the gunman or had knowledge of his plan.
Now, three people have been charged “in relation to providing the gunman with ammunition.” None of whom had prior knowledge of the shooter's plans, police say.
James Blair Banfield, 64, from Sackville, Lisa Diana Banfield, 52, from Dartmouth, and Brian Brewster, 60, from Sackville, are the people in question.
For the following offences: between the 17th day of March and 18th day of April 2020, unlawfully, transferred ammunition, specifically, .223 caliber Remington cartridges and .40 caliber Smith and Wesson cartridges, contrary to Section 101 of the Criminal Code.
Nova Scotia RCMP
According to CP24, Lisa Banfield is legally listed as the gunman's common-law spouse.
Police say that the investigation has been for the purpose of determining the shooter’s actions, motivations, and “how he obtained the equipment he used.”
They discovered that his ammunition was provided by the three accused individuals and that it was purchased and trafficked within the province of Nova Scotia.
“We recognize there may be outstanding questions about what transpired this past April,” wrote Nova Scotia RCMP.
“The RCMP will respectfully refrain from further commenting on these matters outside of the inquiry,” they concluded.