The Quebec coroner’s office has identified the man shot and killed by Montreal police on Thursday as 41-year-old Sheffield Matthews.
Matthews, who is Black, was a resident of Montreal.
Sue Montgomery, the mayor of the west-end borough where the shooting took place, wrote on social media that his death was a “senseless killing.”
“Many are angry that yet another life was ended at the hands of the police,” she said in a statement. “This will only further the distrust that many feel towards the police.”
Quebec’s police watchdog, called the Bureau des enquetes independantes, is investigating.
The BEI said in a statement on Thursday that Matthews allegedly advanced toward police holding a knife before he was shot.
The coroner’s office is also investigating.
— With files from Global News’ Kalina Laframboise