WINNIPEG – NEWS – Winnipeg Police have been involved in three officer involved shootings in the past two weeks. The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) is investigating this latest incident.
Here is what we can report, on April 18, 2020, at approximately 4:00 am CDT, the Winnipeg Police Service responded a gun call in the 200 block of Adsum Drive.
Police report that a resident had been putting out his garbage when he was confronted by two armed males who demanded money in an apparent robbery. The resident was assaulted by the males but was able to flee and call 911.
Soon after this first incident, a second call was received that indicated windows were being broken at an apartment building in the 200 block of Adsum Drive.
Police units began searching the area, and at approximately 4:19 am CDT, two male suspects were located near Pipeline Road and Adsum Drive.
It was during this encounter, an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Officers administered emergency first aid to one suspect, who was transported to a hospital and later pronounced deceased. Police say that the deceased has been identified as a 22-year-old male. A second suspect, a 16-year-old male, was transported to a hospital with minor injuries and is currently in police custody.
Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth says “What I would say to the public) is we have a lot of units out, our staffing is good. We are in a lockdown period so people are concerned about their property and concerned about their neighbourhoods. We’re in a position where when people call 911 or other urgent calls, that we’re in a position to respond quickly to those calls and that’s what occurred this morning. I don’t know if there’s another message that it being sent there. We were called for help and provided help in this instance.”
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) has been notified and has assumed responsibility for the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.