Éric Duhaime and the mayor of Louiseville call for a public inquiry
The SPVM and the BEI are investigating the circumstances of the events that occurred Monday evening in Louiseville. (Photo: March 28, 2023)
Louiseville Mayor Yvon Deshaies and Quebec Conservative Party Leader Éric Duhaime call for a public inquiry into the death of police officer Maureen Breau, which occurred on Monday.
The announcement was made on Wednesday while Éric Duhaime was in Louiseville to offer his support to citizens and local authorities.
This tragedy was avoidable and we must do everything to put an end to this laxity, said the Conservative leader in a press release.
Éric Duhaime wishes in particular to understand why the man was at liberty despite his criminal record and what kind of psychological support he had been offered. The justice system and the health system have escaped him and it is time to shed light on this terrible tragedy, he added.
Just a few hours after the tragedy, the mayor of Louiseville denounced the lack of resources offered to people struggling with mental health problems and their families.
Monday evening around 8:30 p.m., Sûreté du Québec (SQ) Sergeant Maureen Breau and her teammate were called to intervene in a dwelling in downtown Louiseville. Ms. Breau was fatally stabbed while arresting the man. The individual was then shot dead by another team of police officers who had just arrived on the scene.