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Black man fatally shot by Montreal police identified as Sheffield Matthews

Montreal police responded to a call about a man in crisis early Thursday, according to the BEI.
Montreal police responded to a call about a man in crisis early Thursday, according to the BEI. Brayden Jagger Haines/Global News

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.”

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“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.

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The coroner’s office is also investigating.

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With files from Global News’ Kalina Laframboise