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Man Who Stabbed Tactical Team Officer ID’d – Record for Violence

Police Cadets Guard Scene of Police Involved Shooting (Photo JGJ)

The man who was shot to death by a Winnipeg Police Tactical Team Officer has been identified by friends according to a CTV news report.

CTV News (Twitter)

The deceased man has been identified as Evan Caron (33) of Winnipeg.

News reports indicate Caron had thirteen (13) prior criminal convictions for a number of offences that included three (3) assaults.

Reports indicate Caron was charged with assault earlier this year and was released with conditions to abstain from communicating with his victim.

WPS Police Chief Danny Smyth suggested the use of illicit drugs may have been a factor in the fatal police shooting;

“The distress call that we responded to, it certainly sounded like there was indications that drugs were involved,” Smyth said in an interview.

Smyth was careful to point out he didn’t have all the details as the investigation was being carried out by the Manitoba Independent Investigation Unit (IIU).

The Winnipeg Police Association confirmed the subject officer, a thirty-five (35) year old veteran of the Service, was at home recovering from his injuries.


IIU Issues Press Release

On September 24, 2017, the IIU issued the following press release;

IIU Press Release (IIU)

Three Prior Deadly Force Encounters

Adrian Lacquette (FB)

Winnipeg Police Officers have been involved in three (3) other deadly force encounters where shots were fired this year;

  • On September 13, 2017, at 12:50 a.m., WPS Tactical Team officers shot and killed Adrian Lacquette (23) at the conclusion of a gun-toting crime spree involving an assault on a woman, a violent car jacking of a second woman and a commercial robbery.
  • On May 1, 2017, a member of the WPS shot Joshua Pardy (25) in the sky walk of 266 Graham Avenue in downtown Winnipeg after he brandished a homemade weapon that consisted of a stick with a pair of scissors attached to one end. Pardy survived his injuries and was subsequently charged with a number of criminal offences.
  • On July 24, 2017, a member of the WPS shot Peter Wilfred Flett (26) in the 400 block of Archibald Street after he was allegedly involved in a home invasion robbery with a firearm. Flett was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was ultimately charged with over twenty (20) criminal offences.

A Brothers Burden

Vincent Caron (FB)

7 Comments

  1. Thank you kindly for answering all of my questions. I completely understand the reasons you’ve addressed in regards to non-lethal. Before I asked you this, my main thought was risk assessment. I have seen documentaries with police outside of Canada and the loss of life to the officer(s) and how non-lethal failed for the very reasons you gave. Has there ever been a time in Winnipeg wherein WPS were being dictated first to use “minimum force” or wounding? (i.e. In the US and the “John Wayne Bill”)? If so, were there criminal charges that could also be brought upon an officer? (I sure hope not). I don’t understand why anyone in Winnipeg think police are a troop of racists/cowboys who want to shoot people as if they enjoy this. I’m certain that having to discharge one’s weapon and then having it result in the death of someone while on duty must always be difficult. Wouldn’t an officer on duty prefer not to have many instances involving discharging their weapon?

  2. Teresa…

    We appreciate you and assure you we have you on our list.

    Comments are always reviewed to ensure compliance with our comment guidelines and are published once that process is complete.

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  3. Teresa;

    You are not out of line.

    I wish more people would ask as opposed to arriving at a conclusion without a factual basis.

    There are a number of reasons why police don’t use less than lethal or non-lethal force options;

    1) In some cases, situations evolve (devolve) in a matter of seconds and officers simply don’t have the time or space to use less than lethal
    2) In some cases, using a less than lethal force option when deadly force is required can be inappropriate as it causes the officer to face unnecessary risk. If the less than lethal force options doesn’t work, the officer may no longer have the option to effectively use a lethal force option.
    3) Less than lethal force options may not work or have limited effect on goal oriented people, people high on illicit drugs or people with mental health issues

    This list is not exhaustive but gives you some reference points.

    Thank you for your question…

  4. Teresa;

    Thank you for your comments…

  5. To: Mr. James G. Jewell
    I have recently read your very reasonable expectations regarding the comments section. Due to the fact that I have had to change my actual email address, I don’t want one to think that I’m not the same person as my name appears. I am. I would really like to hear from you regarding non-lethal as I had asked in my previous question. I was only concerned that I wasn’t receiving all Police Insider editions or that my comments are unable to be seen due to the potential concern as to change in email – yet same name. Am I still a regular subscriber? Are my few and far between comments being published?
    Thank you.

  6. Would I be out of line to ask as to why the use of non-lethal isn’t used or used more often. I have no judgment pertaining to “use of force”. I don’t have the experience or understanding or place to dictate this.
    Thank you.

  7. I’ve always known that it’s very dangerous to be a police officer. The above is just another example of how much violence and threat our WPS have to face 24/7.
    I hope the officer that was stabbed heals (both physically and emotionally) soon so that he can get back to work for our city. Thank you to the WPS Tactical Team and all officers. The line “Be careful out there” is an understatement in the ‘Peg.

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