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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Andrew “Bob” Cross (1954-1999)

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Born at Ottawa, Ontario in 1954, he was educated at Regina and Winnipeg. His fatal shooting of Aboriginal leader J. J. Harper in 1988, while a member of the Winnipeg Police Service (which he joined in 1984), led to the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and later left the force, living for a time in Denver, Colorado. He returned to Manitoba and bought a home at Sandy Hook, where he died of a heart attack on 25 March 1999.


“Constable never recovered after shooting J. J. Harper,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1999, page A4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1999, page 46.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2013

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