An RCMP officer was killed by police in Quebec City on Wednesday morning after an alleged assault on a woman and a teenager at his home in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie, Quebec.
The incident is under investigation by the Quebec Investigation Bureau (BEI).
According to BEI, police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (SJSR) received a 911 call at 2:05 a.m. from a man saying he had just done something terrible.
When the police arrived at the home on rue Biat, they found the man armed with a knife.
Officers opened fire and the 48-year-old man was hit by at least one projectile.
He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Inside the house, police discovered a woman and a teenage boy, both seriously injured.
They were taken to hospital in serious condition.
“It was quite dramatic. It’s a good family,” said Carmelo Perricone, a neighbor who woke up to the sound of gunshots. “They are good people. In theory, we would never have suspected something dramatic like this happening.”
He said he saw police trying to resuscitate his neighbor after the shooting.
The man has since been identified as a constable with the RCMP’s Financial Integrity Unit, investigating white collar crimes.
Six BEI investigators have been assigned to analyze the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the conduct of the officers involved in the shooting.
The Quebec provincial police have been tasked with investigating the events leading up to the attack on the woman and boy.
The RCMP says it is collaborating with the BEI, but would not confirm any additional information about the agent.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the office via its website.
— with files from Luca Caruso-Moro and The Canadian Press.
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