A new trial for an RCMP officer who had an aggravated assault conviction rejected on appeal has opened in Duncan.

The charges against David Pompeo date back to an incident in 2009, in Chemainus. Pompeo shot Bill Gillespie, after RCMP pulled his car over.  There’s been disagreement on exactly what happened leading up to Pompeo firing the shot.

The original conviction was set aside, and the new trial ordered, when the Court of Appeal found the judge made errors in the case.

Gillespie also filed a civil suit, which was settled.