A police officer was sent to hospital after being shot while pursuing a suspect in downtown Montreal late Wednesday night.
Just before midnight Wednesday, police responded to a 911 call reporting a man with a gun in Cabot Square, downtown.
According to police, following a brief foot chase, one or more shots were fired in the direction of the police, hitting one of the officers in the leg.
A short time later the suspect was located and subdued in the same area, near the intersection of René-Lévesque Boulevard West and Hope Avenue.
The officers discovered that the individual had also been shot, but according to preliminary investigators, no police firearm was discharged in the pursuit.
Both the injured officer and the suspect were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Psychological aid was deployed to support the police officers at the scene.
The investigation has been turned over to the BEI, Quebec’s police watchdog. Six investigators with the BEI have been assigned to look into the circumstances of the event.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) will also be helping with the investigation.
The BEI asks anyone who witnessed this event to contact them via their website.
— with files from Globa News’ Elizabeth Zogalis