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Thompson RCMP officer shoots man on Princeton Drive

Video posted online showed man walking toward a retreating officer and then being shot just before stepping into the street.
thompson rcmp officer shoots man on Princeton Drive Oct 25 2021
Thompson RCMP officers near the spot where an officer shot a man on Princeton Drive Oct. 25.

A man was shot by a Thompson RCMP officer near the Cornell Apartments on Princeton Drive Oct. 25.

A video posted on Facebook showed a man dressed in a red shirt walking toward an officer who continued backing up until he was standing on the road. The man was shot as he continued to move toward the officer just before reaching the street. A gunshot was audible in the video.

Police taped off Princeton Drive from McGill Place to Duke Place and multiple RCMP vehicles and officers were on scene as of about 4 p.m. Monday. 

Manitoba RCMP said in a news release shortly before 6 p.m. Oct. 25 that an officer was delivering legal documents when they encountered a 30-year-old man armed with a knife and that the shooting resulted in the man being taken to Thompson General Hospital for treatment of a serious injury.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has been notified and will oversee the investigation, which Thompson RCMP continue to look into.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee said in an emailed statement Oct. 25 that the video of the shooting was "extremely disturbing" and that his office had been in touch with the Thompson RCMP.

He also expressed sympathy with the man who was shot.

"I want to let the family and loved ones of this person know that our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time," said the grand chief. "We are praying that the young person involved in this incident will survive and receive the support needed to heal from this."