Man, 26, dies af­ter be­ing shot by Win­nipeg po­lice

Times Colonist - - Canada / World -

WIN­NIPEG — Man­i­toba’s po­lice watch­dog is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fa­tal of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing on Fri­day evening. Po­lice said a man fled when of­fi­cers ap­proached him for “act­ing sus­pi­ciously.”

They say they caught up with him in a va­cant lot, but he pro­duced a weapon and of­fi­cers be­gan shoot­ing. The 26-year-old, whose iden­tity hasn’t been re­leased, was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, where he later died.

Man­i­toba’s In­de­pen­dent Investigation Unit has now taken over the investigation.

Po­lice and IIU spokes­woman Bar­bara Czech both said they were not able to re­lease the type of weapon the man was be­lieved to be car­ry­ing, as it is part of the watch­dog’s investigation.

Ear­lier last week, po­lice in the city shot and in­jured a 23-year-old man who was a sus­pect in an assault. Po­lice said of­fi­cers fired their guns when the ve­hi­cle the man was in rammed through a bar­rier. The IIU said the man was taken to hos­pi­tal, but he was not se­ri­ously hurt and was re­leased into cus­tody. —

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