Bro­ken calm

Fam­ily of man shot by po­lice say they have not been told a thing by the au­thor­i­ties

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY GARY KEAN [email protected]­ern­ Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

Fam­ily of man shot by po­lice say they have not been told a thing by the au­thor­i­ties.

By the time she got there, an am­bu­lance was out­side her brother’s home and Lisa Green­ing was told by po­lice to leave.

She went fur­ther down the road to wait. Be­fore long, she saw the am­bu­lance leav­ing with its emer­gency lights flash­ing.

The fam­ily of Jor­den McKay wants to know what hap­pened to him.

Green­ing is the sis­ter of the 27-year-old man who was fa­tally shot by a Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary of­fi­cer at his apart­ment on Car­riage Lane in Cor­ner Brook late Tues­day night.

She says she called him Tues­day night to let him know the po­lice were look­ing for him.

On Mon­day, the RNC filed new charges against McKay, who has a lengthy crim­i­nal record. Those charges in­cluded al­le­ga­tions of con­tact­ing and as­sault­ing a woman McKay was bound by court or­der not to com­mu­ni­cate with.

He was set to go to trial in Jan­uary for al­legedly as­sault­ing the same woman last April, charges to which he en­tered not guilty pleas in June.

Green­ing had agreed to act as his surety, an agree­ment to be re­spon­si­ble for an ac­cused per­son ad­her­ing to or­ders of the court.

She said her phone in­di­cated she was speak­ing with McKay, who had told her he was home, at 11:32 p.m. Tues­day night. That’s about the same time the RNC says it re­sponded to a crim­i­nal com­plaint that led to the shoot­ing.

Green­ing said she was talk­ing on the phone to him while po­lice were at McKay’s home to ar­rest her brother.

Green­ing de­scribed her brother as be­ing rel­a­tively calm as he ques­tioned the po­lice about the lat­est al­le­ga­tions against him be­fore her con­ver­sa­tion with him ended. She re­called him ask­ing the po­lice if he could eat the food he was prepar­ing be­fore they took him away.

She said she heard him ask­ing the po­lice why they were hand­cuff­ing him.

Green­ing im­me­di­ately left her home on the city’s east side to go to her brother’s to make sure his place was se­cured af­ter he had left with the po­lice.

That’s when she en­coun­tered the scene in­volv­ing an am­bu­lance.

She and other fam­ily mem­bers went to Western Memo­rial Re­gional Hos­pi­tal to see what they could find out about Mckay. Af­ter wait­ing for some time, they were taken to a pri­vate room by two of­fi­cers and med­i­cal staff and in­formed he

had died at 12:35 a.m.

“We asked them how he died, but they wouldn’t tell us and told us there would be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Green­ing.

She said the fam­ily was floored to learn from lo­cal news out­lets a few hours later that a man had been fa­tally shot on Car­riage Lane.

The RNC’s news re­lease was is­sued at 6:47 a.m., a lit­tle more than three hours af­ter Green­ing said she and her fam­ily mem­bers left the hos­pi­tal in a state of shock.

Green­ing, in an in­ter­view with The Western Star at around 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, said the po­lice had still not told them McKay had been shot, let alone why.

“We just want an­swers,” she said. “We still don’t know any­thing.”

Green­ing said her brother may have had his prob­lems, but he was a good per­son.

“He re­ally wanted to change things in his life,” she said. “He would of­ten thank me for help­ing him get a sec­ond chance (by act­ing as his surety).”

Jor­den McKay was the fa­ther of two chil­dren, a boy and a girl. Green­ing said he had just ap­plied to a pro­gram to earn his high school di­ploma.

Bro­ken calm

The morn­ing af­ter the rel­a­tive tran­quil­ity of Car­riage Lane was rocked by news of a fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing, it was Pa­tri­cia Park’s anger that shat­tered the hush.

As a lone Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary of­fi­cer sat in a cruiser in the drive­way of the home where a fel­low of­fi­cer killed the man the night be­fore, Park pulled up in her car to voice her up­set at McKay’s death.

Park said Jor­den McKay was a friend of her son’s.

De­tails of what tran­spired at around 11:30 p.m. the night be­fore were scant, but Park was al­ready blam­ing the po­lice for what she felt was the need­less death of a young man.

“No one will ever know what went wrong be­cause th­ese guys hide so much and no one sees it,” she said of the po­lice. “Then, when some­one loses their shit like I’m los­ing mine to­day, I’m the crazy one. I’m the one who needs the help be­cause I’m speak­ing the truth and noth­ing but the truth.”

Park’s dis­trust of the jus­tice sys­tem wasn’t helped by the fact her sis­ter is Veronica Park, who died while in­car­cer­ated in a Nova Sco­tia prison in April 2015. Her fam­ily has claimed the Nova In­sti­tu­tion for Women did not pro­vide Veronica Park with ad­e­quate med­i­cal care be­fore she died of com­pli­ca­tions from pneu­mo­nia, though the in­sti­tu­tion it­self has said proper care was pro­vided.

Park said she knew McKay since he was a boy and, even though he was no stranger to get­ting into trou­ble, she de­scribed him as a nice per­son.

“Like most young men, some­times you get off to a wrong start in life, but you never give up hope,” she said. “My sis­ter was an ad­dict and she was 38 years old, but I al­ways seen a light for my sis­ter.”

Park said this in­ci­dent is re­ally both­er­ing her be­cause she knows it’s hav­ing a big im­pact on her son. She said the news of the death of her son’s buddy McKay is extra dif­fi­cult to deal with a month away from Christ­mas.

“This re­ally scares me,” she said. “If my son needed help, I would be scared to call the po­lice. Ob­vi­ously, I would think they would shoot him.

“They wouldn’t use pep­per spray to try and calm him down and take him into cus­tody. They would just shoot him and get it over with. They don’t give two shits what the fam­ily feels af­ter the fact.”

In­ci­dent drew lit­tle at­ten­tion from neigh­bours

Car­riage Lane is a quiet sub­di­vi­sion of mostly young fam­i­lies. The Western Star spoke with some of the neigh­bours on the street Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Most de­clined to do an in­ter­view, but none of the peo­ple ap­proached by the Western Star had heard a thing about what had tran­spired the night be­fore.

Neil For­tune, who lives across the street and a cou­ple of houses down, said he was up un­til around 12:30 a.m., but had no idea there was an in­ci­dent so close to home un­til the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

“It’s un­set­tling to think a sit­u­a­tion like this would hap­pen in a fam­ily neigh­bor­hood like ours,” said For­tune.

For­tune said he didn’t know who was liv­ing in the apart­ment of the home po­lice had cor­doned off with cau­tion tape. He did say there had been po­lice cars in that area fairly re­cently, but did not know if they had been at that par­tic­u­lar res­i­dence.

An­other neigh­bour across the street from the shoot­ing who de­clined to give her name said she didn’t hear any­thing Tues­day night ei­ther. She didn’t know who lived there and had never no­ticed any con­cern­ing in­ci­dents pre­vi­ously.

A man whose back­yard faces the rear area of the home where the shoot­ing hap­pened said he also didn’t find out there was an in­ci­dent, let alone a se­ri­ous one, un­til hear­ing about it on the news Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Jor­den McKay

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