Man shot dead by the SQ to La Sarre: no indictment against the police officers involved

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No criminal charges will be laid against the police officers of the Sûreté du Quebec, who shot and killed a man of 23 years after a short chase, in the month of August 2017, in The Sarre, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

The Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP) made the announcement Thursday afternoon through a press release.

In the light of the information contained in the report produced by the Office of the independent surveys (EIB), the DPCP has concluded that “the analysis of the evidence does not reveal the commission of a criminal offence by the police of the Sûreté du Québec”.

The police action which saw a tragic end took place on 20 August 2017.

A police officer of the Sûreté du Québec had taken in hunting a motorist who had just run a can of beer on his patrol car.

The agent and the fugitive reached a peak speed of 130 km/h in the streets of The Sarre during the pursuit.

The suspect finally came to a stop after being entered deliberately into a collision with one of the police cars that were chasing.

The young man is then pulled out of his vehicle wielding a knife.

“Put into play by the police officers out of their vehicles and that the climax to stop several times, the man rushes at them with the knife in the air crying,” writes the DPCP in its decision not to bring charges.

“Ahead of the imminent threat, the police being no more than a few meters of the man fire in his direction. The injuries resulting will prove to be fatal,” adds the DPCP.

The Director of criminal and penal prosecutions has estimated that during the intervention, the police were justified to use a “force likely to cause death or serious injury” in order to protect themselves against the threat.