Saint-Lazare man in critical condition after SQ shooting
Montreal police investigate
A 51 year-old Saint-Lazare man was in critical but stable condition Monday after being shot in the chest early Saturday morning by Sûreté du Québec police officers.
The incident occurred on Kentucky Drive, off rue du Kentucky in Saddlebrook.
Montreal police communications officer Oliver Lapointe said SQ officers received a callMay8 at 12:20 a.m. fromthe victim’swife saying her husband was suicidal. “When police arrived, theman came out of the house with two knives in his hands,” Lapointe said.
“He went toward police, who told him to stop, then they tried to stop him with pepper spray and finally shotswere fired,” he noted.
In addition to the victim, two SQofficers involved in the incident were sent to hospital and treated for shock.
Montreal police could not say how many shots were fired at the victim, explaining tests will be done on the gun or guns used to determine who fired a weapon and how many shots were discharged. In accordance with provincial policy, Montreal police major crimes unit is investigating the shooting.
The unit’s distinctive white mobile truck with blue writing arrived on the scene around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
“Whenever someone is shot and killed or injured by one police force, another force investigates the shooting,” Lapointe explained, saying, “We’ll look at everything that happened to try to understand what lead to (the incident.)”
SQ police however are still in charge of the initial call. They have not indicated if any charges will be laid against the victim.
“I heard two bangswhile I was in bed,” said a woman who has lived on Kentucky Dr. for the past 25 years.
“I thought it might be shots, but was not sure, I didn’t get up to check because nothing happened after that,” said the neighbour, whodid not want hernamepublished.
She said the people who live in the house where the shooting occurred aremiddle aged adultswho do not have children.
She was not aware of any problems between the couple.
Another neighbour, who also would not give her name, said she was surprised to wake on the rainy Saturday morning to find police cars blocking the street and red crime scene tape encircling the grey house where the shooting took place.
“I just looked out at around 7:30 a.m. and saw all the police cars.... It’s a quiet neighbourhood and a nice street,” said the woman while her childrenplayed in the background.
She said the shooting left her feeling uneasy.
While police secured a wide perimeter around the house and street that cut Kentucky Dr. in half, a visibly shaken woman ducked under the red tape Saturday around noon. She identified herself to police, saying she lived where the shooting had occurred. When questioned by reporters, she said she was told by her lawyer to not talk to the press. Meanwhile, Montreal’s major crimes scenes investigators studied an area of driveway covered by a white and silver tarp that presumably protected evidence from the rainy elements.
The tarp was secured along its outer edges with several bricks.
Police say they expect to interview the victim later this week if he recovers sufficiently.
MontrealPolicemajor crimes investigators check out supposed evidence under a tarp.