Police shooting in Clarendon under investigation


François Carrier
CLARENDON – A police intervention on Monday, June 5, in Clarendon, which ended with the death of an individual by use of a firearm, has triggered an investigation by the Independent Investigation Bureau (IIB). According to the IIB, a police officer drew his firearm and fired in the direction of a person who had been part of a family dispute; the victim is a 39-year-old man.

Preliminary information provided to the IIB suggests the following:
On June 5, around 11 am, a call was made to the Sûreté du Québec concerning a family dispute. On their way to the scene, police officers requested a firearms possession check, which was reported to be negative. At around 11:17 am, two police officers arrived on the scene where they were told the person had gone into a shed behind the residence. The officers proceeded to the shed to meet the person, who allegedly pointed a gun at them. A police officer drew his gun and fired at the person, who fell back inside the shed. A security perimeter was set up until members of the task force arrived and at
11:43 am “une opération filet” was launched. At around 2:18 pm, following checks by the response team, the person was found unconscious in the shed, and was subsequently pronounced dead.

Five IBB investigators were assigned to investigate the circumstances of the police intervention. Given the circumstances of the event, the support services of a police force were requested from the Service de police de la ville de Montréal. A parallel criminal investigation into events prior to the police intervention has also been entrusted to the Service de police de la ville de Montréal. The IBB is asking anyone who may have witnessed this event to contact it via its website at www.bei.gouv.qc.ca/nousjoindre. The identity of the victim and the exact location of the operation have not yet been made public.