Foul play is not suspected in the case of a Stony Mountain inmate who died Monday while serving time in connection with the shooting of a Manitoba Mountie in 2018.
Tommy Edward Beaulieu, 23, was found unconscious and was later pronounced dead, RCMP said in a news release.
Since May 2020, he had been serving a sentence of 10 years and five months for aggravated assault on a peace officer, break and enter to steal a firearm and robbery with violence.
No cause of death was given in a news release, but his next of kin has been notified.
Correctional Service Canada will review the circumstances as required by policy. Stonewall RCMP, along with forensic identification services, and officials from Stony Mountain Institution continue to investigate, RCMP said.
Beaulieu, who was 21 at the time, was one of four people charged in relation to two break-ins near Onanole on Aug. 29, 2018. Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was shot in the head and suffered a fractured skull after he and his partner responded to the call. The suspects remained at large for 18 hours as Mounties conducted a manhunt and western Manitobans hunkered down in their homes, fearing for their lives.
Police arrested the last suspect in Neepawa following a tense standoff at a home near an elementary school.
Beaulieu pleaded guilty a year later and was sentenced to 13 years, but his term was reduced because he had been in custody since the time of his arrest. Although he didn't pull the trigger, the Crown argued in court he was culpable for the crime against Kingdon and endangering his partner because it was a "foreseeable outcome" to their crime spree.
A social media page for Tommy Edward Beaulieu, which used a pseudonym, included many posts that expressed disdain for law enforcement. Numerous posts contained statements such as: "I’m a thug"; "kill kill"; "wanted dead or alive"; and "(expletive) the cops."
Therae Racette-Beaulieu admitted to firing a shotgun at the two Mounties, striking Kingdon. He was given an 18-year sentence for attempted murder in April 2019. A week later, while in custody at Brandon Correctional Centre, Racette-Beaulieu stabbed a fellow inmate with a knife fashioned from a mop handle, and was later sentenced for attempted murder.
A third accused didn't show up in court on Nov. 12, prompting a warrant to be issued for his arrest. Delaney Houle, 25, pleaded guilty in September 2019.
A fourth accused, Shane Beaulieu, will be sentenced in Minnedosa next month after pleading guilty in 2019 to two counts of break and enter, firearms charges and possession of a vehicle obtained by crime.