Saint-La­zare man in cri­ti­cal condi­tion af­ter SQ shoo­ting

Montreal po­lice in­ves­ti­gate

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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.

Quiet neigh­bou­rhood

“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.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion on­going

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.

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