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Incident Involving Agitated Man Prompts an IIU Investigation of Winnipeg Police


IIU investigating WInnipeg Police incident.
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By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune


Winnipeg, January 4, 2024 - Yesterday, around 11:05 a.m., the Winnipeg Police responded to a distress call reporting an agitated male attempting to forcibly remove an adult female from a building in the 200 block of Provencher Boulevard. The incident quickly escalated, culminating in a deployment of less-lethal force and resulting in injuries to the individual involved. As a result, the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) has taken charge of the investigation.


Upon arriving at the scene, police encountered a man exhibiting erratic behavior and attempting to remove an adult female from the premises. The individual brandished a sharp pencil, held it to his own neck, and threatened self-harm.


Efforts to de-escalate the situation were made by the Tactical Support Team members, but these attempts were ultimately unsuccessful. In response to the ongoing threat to the individual's life and the safety of those present, less-lethal munition rounds, specifically foam projectiles, were fired, and a conducted energy weapon, commonly known as a "Taser," was deployed to temporarily incapacitate the agitated male.


Despite these measures, the individual continued to act erratically and attempted to reach for another object that could potentially be used for self-harm. It was only after officers were able to secure him in handcuffs that they were able to safely intervene. Following this, paramedics arrived at the scene and administered sedation to the still-agitated male, who was subsequently transported to a hospital for assessment. Fortunately, his injuries were reported as minor.


Thankfully, the adult female involved in the incident did not sustain any physical injuries during this ordeal.


Due to the deployment of less-lethal munition rounds that resulted in an injury, the IIU, an independent body responsible for investigating serious incidents involving police officers in Manitoba, has been notified and has assumed control of the investigation. All inquiries related to this incident and its aftermath should be directed to the IIU, which will conduct a thorough and impartial review of the events that transpired.


Winnipeg Police have pledged its full cooperation with the IIU's investigation to ensure transparency and accountability in this matter.

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