04/15/2015 01:49 EDT | Updated 06/25/2015 03:59 EDT

Provincial NDP leader calls for inquiry into Newfoundland police shooting

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Provincial NDP Leader Earle McCurdy is calling for a public inquiry into the death of a Newfoundland man shot by an officer on the premier's security team.

Fifty-nine-year-old Don Dunphy of Mitchells Brook was killed Easter Sunday by a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary who has not been named.

The officer was investigating perceived threats on Dunphy's Twitter feed involving Premier Paul Davis and a cabinet minister.

The RCMP is investigating the death and has said the officer reported he shot Dunphy after the man aimed a rifle at him.

The Mounties say a loaded .22-calibre rifle was on the floor near Dunphy's body and was sent for testing at a forensics lab.

McCurdy says an independent inquiry would help restore public confidence in the police and could examine what led up to the shooting.