22-year-old man dead after 3rd Winnipeg police shooting in 10 days

By | April 18, 2020

A 22-year-old man was killed by a police officer early Saturday morning in the third police shooting in Winnipeg in 10 days.

A 16-year-old boy was also injured in the incident, police said.

At a news conference on Saturday, Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth said officers responded to a gun call on Adsum Drive near Pipeline Road around 4 a.m. A resident who was putting out his garbage said he was confronted by two armed males who he said tried to rob him. The man was assaulted but was able to run away and call 911, police said.

Soon after that, Smyth said, police got a second call from someone in the area saying windows were being broken at an apartment building on that block.

Officers started searching the area and found the 22-year-old man and the teen nearby at 4:19 a.m., Smyth said. Shortly after that, he said an officer fired their gun.

Smyth did not provide any details about what led up to the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation by Manitoba’s police watchdog.

Zane Tessler, the civilian director of the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, confirmed the unit is investigating the incident. Tessler said he could not provide any details about the shooting on Saturday morning.

He said the unit, which investigates serious incidents involving police in Manitoba, will likely not provide an update until Monday.

Several orange pylons sat inside part of a back lane cordoned off with yellow police tape late Saturday morning. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Smyth said the man and the teen were armed, but did not say what kind of weapons they had.

“I’m not in a position to tell you what the weapons were. I can tell you some weapons were recovered,” Smyth said. 

“To me, that’s getting into IIU territory. That will be up to their investigation, and they’ll release on that.”

Smyth said officers gave emergency first aid to the 22-year-old, who taken taken to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, where he died. The 16-year-old was also taken to hospital with minor injuries and is currently in police custody. Smyth said he didn’t know if the teen’s injuries were related to his arrest, but that he did not believe they were from the shooting.

Smyth said the man who called 911 about the alleged robbery was also treated for minor injuries in hospital, and is now back at police headquarters going over what happened.

The incident follows two other police shootings in Winnipeg this month.

On the evening of April 8, officers shot and killed 16-year-old Eishia Hudson near the intersection of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Fermor Avenue, following a police chase that started after police said a group of teens robbed the Liquor Mart in Winnipeg’s Sage Creek neighbourhood.

Early the next morning, 36-year-old Jason Collins was killed outside a home on Anderson Avenue by officers who were responding to a domestic violence call at the house.

Those fatal shootings happened within 12 hours of each other.

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