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Michel Vienneau stepped off a Via Rail train in Bathurst, N.B., an innocent man after a trip to Montreal with his fiancée to watch a hockey game. He didn’t know six undercover police officers were waiting for him.

Anonymous tips led police to believe Vienneau and Annick Basque were trafficking drugs, and they hastily arranged an operation to intercept the Tracadie couple.

What unfolded Jan. 12, 2015, in the snowy train station parking lot, left Vienneau dead.

Since then, the split-second decisions made that day have been the subject of a criminal investigation, a police discipline hearing and a civil lawsuit and will be examined at a future coroner’s inquest.


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