CTV News has learned of serious mistakes by RCMP officers when shots rang out on Parliament Hill last October.
The new details shine light on what happened in those terrifying hours after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was fatally shot at the National War Memorial, and Parliament Hill was stormed just moments later.
In one case, a Mountie fled Parliament Hill, running the opposite way as gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed the Centre Block, according to sources.
Before that, an officer was texting on his phone and didn’t notice as Bibeau drove by in a vehicle he had commandeered.
And even after gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was killed by then-Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, a Mountie unloaded his firearm into Bibeau’s body.
Well let’s just put that last one down to enthusiasm.