A Manitoba First Nations Police officer will not face charges after he shot and injured a man who allegedly stabbed him in the head and neck.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba concluded its investigation into the incident following interviews with nine witnesses, the review of surveillance video from the scene as well as medical reports respecting both the suspect and the officer.
"IIU Civilian Director Zane Tessler concluded the man attacked the officer without warning or provocation and that the officer’s decision to shoot the man to prevent further harm to himself was both reasonable and justified," a statement from the police watchdog said.
The incident occurred on May 29, when a member of the MFNP attended a disturbance complaint at the Gaming Centre on the Waywayseecappo First Nation.
The officer spoke with a number of intoxicated individuals and attempted to arrest one man under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act.
The man allegedly stabbed the officer in the head, then continued to repeatedly stab him in the back and neck.
The officer’s medical records showed he had been stabbed nine times.
After the officer and man fell to the ground, wrestling, the officer got to his feet and discharged his service pistol at the man, striking him once in the side of his face and shoulder.
As any injury caused by the discharge of a firearm by a police officer is considered a serious injury, the IIU was mandated to investigate.
The man remains before the court on charges arising out of the incident. The civilian director’s complete report will be available online following the disposition of the charges.
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