30-yr-old former medical student was arrested recently after police discovered that he intended to kill a professor and student at Dalhousie University.
A search warrant allowed police to retrieve a Russian SKS rifle and Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle, firearm acquisition card and 1,800 rounds of ammunition from Stephen Gregory Tynes’ Halifax apartment.
How did the cops find out about Tynes’ plot?
His psychiatrist rang the alarm bell.
Tynes disclosed his plot to a psychiatrist on August 20, informing them of his plans to kill 10 to 20 people before turning the gun on himself. He was also determined to stab the associate dean of undergraduate medical education and her daughter, who was a classmate.
The psychiatrist ran to the police with this information.
Some have criticized the good doctor for breaching doctor-patient confidentiality.
But others, like U of T psychiatry professor Dr. David Goldbloom, say that such a trust can be breached when a threat to another human or the public exists. He claims that under Canadian Medical Association guidelines, “a physician can encounter circumstances where the duty to protect really trumps the duty to keep information confidential.”
Should that private relationship always be maintained, no matter what?
Tynes is now out on $2,000 bail, and must live with his father in Truro, not possess firearms or ammo, and stay 25km from Dalhousie University. He is charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.
Is his being out on bail a threat to public safety? Should he stay behind bars until he is brought to trial?
Read the whole story HERE courtesy of Global News.