Family of Newfoundland man killed by police waiting for details

Don Dunphy, 59, killed by member of premier's security team after he went alone to Dunphy's home to investigate comments posted on Twitter

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Family members of a Newfoundland man shot dead by an officer investigating perceived threats against the premier say they are grieving and are waiting for more details from police.

A statement released by the family of Don Dunphy says his death was tragic and they’re asking for privacy.

The 59-year-old was killed by a member of the premier’s security team Sunday after he went alone to Dunphy’s home to investigate comments posted on Twitter.

The plainclothes officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has not been named as the RCMP investigate the shooting in Mitchells Brook.

RCMP Sgt. Greg Hicks said Tuesday the officer reported he was invited in, but the mood changed after about 15 minutes and Dunphy aimed a rifle at him.

The Mounties say a loaded .22-calibre rifle was found beside Dunphy’s body and will be examined at a forensics lab.

A spokesman for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said its members are not equipped with vehicle or body cameras.

Hicks said an autopsy was done Tuesday but results have not been released.