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"I've just heard someone's end of life": a man dies after being shot in conflict with Winnipeg police



Police in Winnipeg say a man is dead after controversy and police shootings in West End City on Friday.

About 7:50 am the police said they encountered a man near Sargent Avenue and Maryland Street, who behaved suspiciously.

The man escaped from that area, and the cops contacted him again at the nearby empty parking lot. The man pulled out the gun and the police shot him, the statement said in Winnipeg.

He received medical help and took him to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died, police officers said.

Evidence remains outside the Sherbrook Street building on Saturday morning after a police shootout in West End on Friday night. (Alana Cole / CBC)

Saturday night traffic was still blocked on Sherbrook Street, between Ellice and Sargent, while the police continued to investigate.

The neighbor heard the footage during dinner

Damian Peck, who lives half the block away from that area, says he heard a gunshot.

"I just enjoyed dinner tonight, on Friday night, I was just preparing dinner, suddenly you heard some loud sounds, I thought it was a fireworks, but there were six consecutive," Peck said.

Damian Peck, who lives near Sargents Avenue and Maryland Street, says he heard a gunshot. (Alana Cole / CBC)

Peck said he heard gunshots at once. He started to look out the window and heard sirens, but he did not know what was going on.

"It's a bit scary, you've just heard someone's life," Peck said.

"Tragedy for All Engaged"

The Independent Investigation Unit at Manitoba has announced that it investigates the death of a 26-year-old man.

In a press release on Saturday, the police guard said investigators were immediately sent to the scene.

The Investigation Unit places witnesses and anyone who has information or video footage that could help in their investigation to contact them.

Const. Jay Murray said the police use deadly force when they are scared of severe bodily injury or someone could be killed.

"This is the situation you hope you will never have to include in your career. I think most policemen hope to go all their career without using deadly force," Murray said.

Police are on scene in a blocked area in Sherbrook Street on Saturday after police killed a man from the police in Winnipeg on Friday night. (Walther Bernal / CBC)

"It's a tragedy for all the participants, not just for cops who were forced to use deadly force, but also the family of a man who lost his life yesterday," he said.

"He was a good guy"

Family members identified a man who was shot as 26-year-old Chad Williams.

His father, Jonathan Williams, said that Chad lived with him at Garden City and that he probably visited friends in West End on Friday. He did not think his son was armed.

"He was a good kid … very clever, bright," Williams said, 47, for CBC News on Saturday night.

"He would take off his jacket if someone was cold, and he would walk home with his bare chest. He had that kind of heart."

Williams says Chad, father of two children, was in the process of turning life. He was in jail and struggled with addiction, but he dropped out of the drug and was just about to start the carpentry, Williams said.

The family identified 26-year-old Chad Williams as a man killed by Winnipeg police in West End on Friday. (The photo was sent by the family)

Chad had nine brothers and sisters, and Williams said the family did their best to deal with their grievances.

He said they did it.

The family was left unattended when in January 2011

"We've been back as a family," he said. "And now a part of that family has disappeared."

The incident on Friday was another police officer who took part in a 48-hour shootout for the police in Winnipeg.

On Wednesday evening, police officers opened fire on a car at the intersection of Panet Roada and Avenija Nairn after they said the driver had hit the police barricade. A 23-year-old man was treated with an early bullet and released from the hospital.


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