‘A split-second of fear’: How Edouard Maurice became a symbol of the fight over rural crime and self-defence

OKOTOKS, Alta. — When the Mounties showed up at Edouard Maurice’s home just outside the town of Okotoks one morning last February, he figured they would tell him they’d caught the thieves he’d called them about, the ones he’d seen breaking into his vehicle earlier that morning. Perhaps they would help him search his place, to make sure the intruders hadn’t stuck around after he’d fired his rifle to warn them away.

He certainly didn’t expect the officers to arrive with their...

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