Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers shot and killed a 73-year-old man outside a residence north of Haliburton. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. According to the SIU, police allege that the man assaulted people at a grocery store in Minden (several kilometers away). No further details about the alleged assault(s) have been released at this time.
The SIU report that the OPP were called to the Valu-mart grocery store on Highway 35 in Minden at around 9:30 AM. A man left the grocery store and drove away in a vehicle. Police claim an officer observed this and after a run of the vehicle’s licence plate, went directly to the associated residence.
Outside the residence police shot and killed the man. He was pronounced dead at hospital around noon.
The SIU has assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to examine the case.
A man has died while being arrested by Delta Police (Metro Vancouver) on Friday, May 30, 2020. Publicly released details are very limited at this point. The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, is investigating. They report that the man was pursued by police for allegedly stealing a taxi at the ferry terminal. No one was in the taxi at the time.
According to the IIO, the man “was taken into custody. During the course of his arrest, the man suffered serious injuries.” The man was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Alberta RCMP shot and killed a 27-year-old man following a vehicle pursuit on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, near Leduc, Alberta (south of Edmonton). The chase and killing began at a home in Blackfalds, north of Red Deer in central Alberta, at 8:15 AM.
It has been reported that RCMP were responding to a complaint about a gun, Police claim that when they arrived at a home in Blackfalds shots were fired at their vehicles and a woman who was a bystander was shot and taken to hospital with serious injuries.
It is reported that the man at the house left in a vehicle, and police attempted to stop him using a spike belt when the vehicle was potted heading north on the highway. Police undertook a pursuit of the vehicle and at least one witness has reported seeing five or six police SUVs on the wrong side of the road chasing a black BMW. A police vehicle was said to have struck the back of the BMW, spinning it sideways.
Multiple witnesses report hearing several shots in succession (CBC 2020; CP 2020). One witness reports hearing around 40 shots. That witness says this all happened in about five seconds. Police them charged the vehicle pulling the stricken man from it (CP2020).
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm in the province, is investigating the killing.
CBC News. 2020. “Man Killed, RCMP Officer Injured in Armed Confrontation South of Edmonton.” CBC News May 6. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/shooting-police-alberta-1.5557908
CP. 2020. “Man Dead, Mountie Injured After Shootout on Busy Highway Near Edmonton.” MSM May 6. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/man-dead-mountie-injured-after-shootout-on-busy-highway-near-edmonton/ar-BB13HrBV?ocid=spartanntp
A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed by Winnipeg police on April 8, 2020, at around 5:30 PM. The shooting occurred after a police vehicle chase. Four other teens (two boys, age 15 and 16, and two girls, age 15 and 16) were in the vehicle allegedly driven by the victim when she was shot at the intersection of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Fermor Avenue. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. Only six minutes passed between police receiving a call, allegedly regarding a robbery, and the killing.
It has not been reported publicly how many officers fired their weapons or how many shots they fired. It has also not been reported why police chose to open fire on a 16-year-old girl.
The killing is being investigated by the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, the agency that examines cases of police harms to civilians in the province.
This was the first of two killings by Winnipeg police within 11 hours. A 36-year-old man was shot and killed by police at 5:10 AM on April 9. More than a dozen officers are connected to the two killings.
A 28-year-old man shot in Mississauga, Ontario (suburban Toronto) by a Peel Regional Police officer on January 7, 2020, died on January 10 after several days in hospital for treatment. The victim was later identified as Jamal Francique, a Black man. According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, Peel Regional Police claim the shots were fired by an officer during an investigation at a housing complex on Winston Churchill Boulevard, just south of Eglinton Avenue West, in Mississauga.
Peel Regional Police allege they attempted to arrest a suspect in a vehicle. They claim: “One of the officers fired several shots at the vehicle at which time the vehicle swerved into a garage.”
The driver of the vehicle was taken by paramedics to hospital in life-threatening condition. It has not been reported publicly whether the man shot was the supposed suspect or not.
The SIU is investigating the killing.
Alberta RCMP officers shot and killed a man, identified by family as Brian Kyle Schriver (30), in a parking lot in Blairmore, about 220 kilometers southwest of Calgary, on February 11, 2020. It has been reported that officers from the Blairmore detachment tried to stop a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Home Hardware store at around 5 PM. During that attempt officers discharged service pistols. The vehicle ended up in a ditch and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. RCMP RCMP have not reported publicly why they attempted to stop the man or why they fired at him.
The victim’s sister, Vannessa Schriver, described her brother in warm terms: “Kyle was a sweet, kind-hearted man. He made everyone smile and was always the centre of attention and was the glue to most people” (quoted in White 2020). She says that here brother was a welder who had only been in the Blairmore area (Crow’s Nest Pass) for about a month for work.
She reports that a friend who was with her brother at the time of the killing had gone into a store to get something and when he came out “police had [Kyle] at gunpoint and just started opening fire” (quoted in White 2020). She says the friend told her: “I’m so sorry, Vanessa. There was nothing I could do. If I ran in there they would have killed me too” (quoted in White 2020).
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. They have confirmed that Kyle Schriver suffered gunshot wounds.
White, Ryan. 2020. “’Beyond Shocked’: Questions Unanswered for Family of Man Shot Dead by Police in Blairmore.” CTV News February14. https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/beyond-shocked-questions-unanswered-for-family-of-man-shot-dead-by-police-in-blairmore-1.4813034
RCMP officers shot and killed a man in Lloydminster, Alberta, on February 2, 2020. According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, RCMP shot and killed a man they believed to be driving a stolen vehicle. ASIRT report that RCMP fired earlier upon encountering the vehicle, before later finding the vehicle again and firing the fatal shot. A woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was arrested by RCMP officers.
A 51-year-old man died during a chase by police in Windsor, Ontario, on January 3, 2020. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians, is investigating the death. The SIU reports that the incident began on in the evening of January 3, when a city police officer began following a vehicle they suspected was stolen. According to the SIU, at some point the vehicle hit a parking sign, and the driver and a passenger then got out and left he scene. The SIU reports that police quickly arrested the driver, but the passenger entered a nearby rooming house where he went into unspecified medical distress. The man was pronounced dead at the rooming house.
No details have been provided publicly regarding why police thought the vehicle was stolen. No details have been provided about the nature of the chase undertaken by police. It has not been reported publicly how much time the victim spent inside the rooming house or the nature of any encounter with police before or during his time inside. The nature of the victim’s medical distress has also not been reported publicly.
A 48-year-old man was shot to death by a Lennox and Addington OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) officer in Stone Mills, northwest of Kingston, Ontario, on the evening of November 12, 2019. According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that investigates cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, a passerby noticed a vehicle in the ditch in the area of 5 Lake Road and County Road 14 at around 6:00 PM. The SIU report that the passerby called 911 and an OPP officer responded.
According to the SIU, the officer “became involved in an interaction with the man” and, at some point during that interaction, fired his gun multiple times. The victim was struck several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other details have been provided publicly, including the nature of the police interaction with the man or why the officer decided to shoot and shoot to kill.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after a man died from a fatal gunshot during a traffic stop on a highway south of Whitehorse, Yukon. Yukon RCMP claim they had been asked to check on the well-being of a 48-year-old man. They allegedly conducted a traffic stop after seeing the man driving on the highway but claim that they heard a shot coming from the vehicle as they approached. The man was reported dead at the scene.
Police should not be the first response for people in mental health crisis. A large proportion of people killed by police in Canada are experiencing mental health crisis at the time that police confront them. Yukon has no independent oversight body for investigating police harm to civilians.