The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in the Winnipeg’s North End yesterday.
On Wednesday, at approximately 12: 40 p.m., police received reports of a man armed with a gun in a back lane between Boyd Avenue and College Avenue. Responding officers located the suspect in the back lane near Powers Street. During the encounter with the suspect, three officers discharged their firearms, striking the man. He was transported to Health Sciences Centre in unstable condition but has since been upgraded to stable. No police were injured.
Multiple officers were at the scene and police tape blocked off the back lane and a section of Powers street.
People who live in the area told a journalist with the NPF, that at least three shots were heard.
In a video submitted to the NPF, police can be seen taking cover as gunshots ring out. Three officers are seen with their firearms drawn, and two consecutive gunshots are heard, followed by a 4-second pause before a third shot is fired. Afterwards several officers advance towards the man and shout commands to roll over onto his stomach and show his hands. The armed suspect is not seen in the video.
Another witness also took video of the police shooting from across Powers street.
The IIU is now taking over the investigation into the incident.
Anyone who has information or video footage that may assist the IIU investigation is asked to call investigators toll-free at 1-844-667-6060.
The investigation is ongoing so no further details were provided at this time.