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Man shot dead by Saguenay police: the BEI launches an investigation

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The command post of the Bureau of Independent Investigations is expected around 6 p.m. on rue des Hospitalières, in Chicoutimi.


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The Office of Independent Investigations ( BEI) has opened an investigation into an intervention by agents of the Saguenay Police Service (SPS) who shot and killed a man on Tuesday morning in the Chicoutimi district. Police were responding to a call for another event where a person was injured with a stab wound.

The events provoked a large police operation Tuesday morning on rue des Hospitalières, not far from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC).

According to witnesses and images from a video consulted by Radio-Canada, a man who was walking shirtless on the sidewalk was shot dead by two police officers who held him at gunpoint. It appears that the man had a knife in his hand and walked towards the police who fired shots.

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The body on the ground, covered with a sheet, was visible from outside the security perimeter.

According to other information obtained, the police were called to intervene following a first event. During this, a person was allegedly stabbed with a knife.

The intervention of the paramedics was made at the outside and the person who was stabbed was alive when help arrived. This is not the man shot dead by the police.

It is the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) which has been mandated to hold the investigation into this specific event, while the BEI will concentrate on the portion from the arrival of the police officers.

Members of the BEI are on their way from Montreal to inspect the place.

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The Bureau of Independent Investigations will look into the intervention of agents of the Saguenay Police Service (SPS).

The BEI investigates all cases where a person, other than a police officer on duty, dies, suffers a serious injury or is injured by a firearm used by a police officer during a police intervention or during their detention by a police force, the BEI communications department said by email.

Five investigators were assigned to the case.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The command post is expected around 6 p.m.

Several witnesses heard the shots fire.

I was woken up by the shots, then I went to the window and alerted my roommate. When I went to the window, I saw that there was a black man lying on the ground. He had been shot in the right side, said a woman who lives nearby.

According to the latter, this neighborhood is very quiet. Nothing ever happens; There are only students here, she added.

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Traffic is prohibited on a large portion of rue des Hospitality.

SPS officers are on the scene, but the organization is refusing to provide further details at this time. No less than ten patrol cars protect the scene.

Rue des Hospitalières is closed to all traffic between Rue Chabanel and Chemin Sydenham, where a security perimeter has been erected.

Teacher of police techniques at Collège d'Alma, Steeve Gauthier recalled that police officers cannot necessarily expect to experience such a situation.

These are situations that are really not obvious. There is no one who gets up one morning thinking that they will face such a situation during their day, he said.

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When such events occur, the question always comes down to whether the police responded properly.

In a similar situation, it is certain that the police always have a few seconds, sometimes very, very, very few, to make a decision. In this type of situation, sometimes it's physical control when you're able to be close to the person, but sometimes when the individual is armed, at that point you have to take forces that are more drastic, such as in this case the firearm, he continued.

The x27;UQAC has set up a crisis unit to help students who may be affected by the events. Psychological support will be offered and a temporary accommodation service has been set up with a Chicoutimi hotelier.

Please there are students who need, for example, counseling at the psychosocial level, if there are students who would also need to be relocated, we are working on a game plan to be sure to not to escape, then to be able to respond to their immediate needs, explained Marie-Karlyn Laflamme, director of the communications department at UQAC.

With information from Annie-Claude Brisson and Roby St-Gelais

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116