No charges for Winnipeg police officer who shot man armed with a knife

Manitoba’s police watchdog says no charges will be laid against a Winnipeg police officer who shot a man armed with a knife in the parking lot of Siloam Mission.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) wrapped up its investigation Tuesday into the police shooting that happened on Jan. 28, 2022.

The IIU said police were called around 11 p.m. to the parking lot of Siloam Mission because of an ongoing fight. When officers arrived, they found a man who had been stabbed multiple times, and another man who was armed with a knife.

During the investigation, the IIU said it determined the man armed with the knife had been seen repeatedly stabbing another man.

“(He) refused to comply with verbal directions to drop the knife and became involved with another police officer while swinging the knife at the officer,” the IIU said in a news release.

The IIU said an officer shot the man several times with his service pistol, because he feared the man could have potentially lethally injured them.

The man was taken to the Health Sciences Centre with a gunshot wound to his head and to his hip.

During the investigation, IIU investigators reviewed the police report and notes from officers, police radio communications, forensic reports, photographs from the scene, video surveillance and medical reports.

The investigators also interviewed four witness police officers, three civilian witnesses and a member of the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service.

The IIU said investigators met with the man who had been shot, but said he was unable to participate in any interviews due to his level of competency.

Through this investigation, the IIU has said investigators concluded there were ‘no reasonable grounds’ to charge the officer. The full report into the shooting will be released once the charges against the suspect are dealt with in court. 

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