March 8, 2018 4:29 pm

IIU finds Winnipeg police officers acted reasonably in St. Boniface shooting

Police closed down Archibald Street after an officer involved shooting.

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The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) said Thursday no charges should be laid against two police officers who shot a man on Archibald Street last summer.

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On July 24, 2017, Winnipeg police were called about an armed home invasion at a La Verendrye Street address.

It lead to a police chase by car, and then on foot along Archibald.

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In its report the IIU said the suspect was running with “The man ran with his left arm pumping and his right hand secured by his side.  When the man pivoted his body back towards the pursuing officers and pointed with his right arm, two officers discharged their weapons. ”

No gun was found on the suspect but a pair of brass knuckles were taken at the scene.

READ: Winnipeg police arrest man shot during officer involved shooting linked to home invasion assaults

Civilian Director Zane Tessler said in his report the suspect refused to stop and surrender and at times made a gesture as if to aim a gun.

The IIU concluded it was reasonable for the two officers to fire.

The suspect was taken to hospital with several gunshot wounds.  He recovered and was later arrested and charged.

 

 

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