The man killed in a fa­tal con­fronta­tion with po­lice has been iden­ti­fied.

Gofundme cam­paign set up to help fam­ily cover fu­neral costs

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - GLEN DAWKINS

Fam­ily mem­bers and friends have iden­ti­fied the man who was shot by po­lice Fri­day night as 26-year-old Chad Wil­liams, a Win­nipeg fa­ther of two.

The tragedy prompted an out­pour­ing of sup­port and sym­pa­thy for his fam­ily on so­cial me­dia.

As well, a Gofundme cam­paign has been set up to pay for his fu­neral costs and head­stone with the goal of rais­ing $5,000, or­ga­nized by Nathan Wil­liams.

“He was a Fam­ily man, Hard­work­ing & al­ways there for you if you needed any­thing,” said a state­ment ap­par­ently on be­half of his fam­ily on the Gofundme page. “He had a heart of gold and de­serves the best fu­neral pos­si­ble.”

At just be­fore 8 p.m., Win­nipeg po­lice said of­fi­cers en­coun­tered a 26-year-old man act­ing sus­pi­ciously in the area of Sar­gent Av­enue and Mary­land Street.

Po­lice said as of­fi­cers ap­proached the male, he fled. Of­fi­cers again made con­tact with the male in a nearby va­cant lot. Dur­ing this en­counter, the male pro­duced a weapon and of­fi­cers dis­charged their firearms. Of­fi­cers sub­se­quently pro­vided CPR and other life-sav­ing med­i­cal treat­ment and the man was taken to hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but later died from his wounds.

“This is a tragedy for ev­ery­one in­volved, not only the of­fi­cers who were forced to use lethal force but you have a man who lost his life (Fri­day) too,” said po­lice spokesper­son Const. Jay Mur­ray at a press brief­ing on Satur­day morn­ing. “It’s not a good sit­u­a­tion all around. It’s a tragedy for both our of­fi­cers and for the fam­ily mem­bers of this in­di­vid­ual.”

The In­de­pen­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit of Man­i­toba (IIU) was no­ti­fied and has as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. IIU in­ves­ti­ga­tors were im­me­di­ately de­ployed to the scene and a spokesper­son said Sun­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

The IIU is ask­ing wit­nesses and other in­di­vid­u­als who may have in­for­ma­tion or video footage to as­sist this in­ves­ti­ga­tion to con­tact them toll-free at 1-844-667-6060.

Of­fi­cers and IIU in­ves­ti­ga­tors were on the scene Satur­day with Sher­brook Street taped off from El­lice Av­enue un­til al­most up to Sar­gent with ev­i­dence mark­ers in front of one of the res­i­dences on Sher­brook. A laneway be­tween Sher­brook and Mary­land be­hind the Safe­way on Sar­gent was taped off and blocked by a po­lice cruiser with ev­i­dence mark­ers near what ap­peared to be a red and black piece of cloth­ing.

One area res­i­dent said he could hear the gun­shots from his home sev­eral streets away. When he walked over the

“This is a tragedy for ev­ery­one in­volved.”

check things out at around 9:30 p.m., he said he was ques­tioned and briefly de­tained by po­lice who told him he matched the de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect.

“This area is get­ting worse and worse,” said Adam, who did not want to give his last

Const. Jay Mur­ray

name. “It’s not a sur­prise (that some­thing like this hap­pens)."

One woman at the scene Satur­day said she could see the flash­ing po­lice lights from her home on the next street.

“Cer­tainly this is a sit­u­a­tion you hope to never get in­volved in your ca­reer,” said Mur­ray. “I think most of­fi­cers hope to go their en­tire ca­reers with­out hav­ing to use lethal force. Now there are prob­a­bly a num­ber of stages that they’re go­ing through think­ing back to this in­ci­dent. We’re for­tu­nate enough that our ser­vice has a num­ber of pro­to­cols in place to deal with the well-be­ing of these of­fi­cers and those pro­to­cols are un­der­way.”

A pic­ture posted on Face­book of Chad Wil­liams, the 26-year-old who fam­ily mem­bers have iden­ti­fied as the man shot and killed by Win­nipeg po­lice Fri­day. In­set, a po­lice cruiser and ev­i­dence mark­ers sit at the scene of the shoot­ing.

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