A 33-year-old man who was shot by police after allegedly stabbing an officer in the upper body has died, Winnipeg police said late Saturday night.
The injured Winnipeg officer is a member of the police tactical unit and is 35 years old. Police said he received what are possibly “life-altering injuries” and remains in unstable condition.
The 33-year-old man police believe stabbed him was shot by an officer on scene, Const. Jay Murray said. He was transported to hospital in critical condition where he later died.
“We have attended that house in the past for this individual,” Murray said. “We will say that this individual was known to police.”
Const. Jay Murray said the officer’s life was quite possibly saved by the use of a tactical tourniquet, which was applied to the officer’s shoulder-area to stop the flow of blood.
Saturday’s encounter happened at a bungalow on the 100 block of Madrigal Close in The Maples neighbourhood after members of the police tactical team responded to a report of a stabbing around 4:10 p.m.
Helen Crane, who lives across the street from the house, was one of the people who first called police, worried someone was hurt or would be hurt inside. She said a 14-year-old resident of the home came over to her house saying his older brother was inside with knives.
“I called 911 for him and just shortly I got off the phone with the police officers, the police cars came,” Crane said.
More than a dozen vehicles with lights flashing pulled up to the house and officers quickly surrounded every entrance to the home.
“They had rushed the front door and were kicking the front door in and yelling inside,” she said. Soon after, the boy’s mother left through a side door and then the two of them heard loud pops.
“When the gunshots were fired we both just started crying. It was pretty traumatic.”
She watched “in total fear” as two men were taken out of the home on stretchers — the police officer who was sitting up and the 33-year-old who was on his back receiving CPR, Crane said.
The initial report of knives or a stabbing that brought officers to the home may have left a third man with minor injuries, but police are still investigating, Murray said.
“It’s my understanding that it was very chaotic. We received numerous calls both from the involved residents and the area,” he said.
Murray added a number of children were inside the home when the shooting and stabbing took place.
Two bungalows on Madrigal Close as well as a section of the street remain cordoned off with police tape Saturday evening. Murray expects the area will remain closed until Sunday or possibly later.
The officer-involved shooting has been reported to Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit.