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.
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;
Three Prior Deadly Force Encounters
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