- A hitchhiker was shot and killed by police officers on Wednesday, according to Manitoba RCMP, after allegedly stabbing the driver who picked him up.
- Officers administered first aid until local paramedics arrived, but the man died on the spot.
According to Manitoba RCMP, a hitchhiker who allegedly stabbed the driver who picked him up was shot and killed by police officers on Wednesday.
According to a news release, Mounties were dispatched to a stabbing off Highway 16 in Westbourne, about 100 kilometers west of Winnipeg, at 9 a.m.
Investigators believe the hitchhiker was picked up by the driver and a female passenger while walking on the highway.
After that, the hitchhiker has stabbed the driver without provocation. The hitchhiker ran away as the driver could pull over to the side of the road.
According to police, the driver is currently in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the RCMP release, several officers from the detachments in Portage la Prairie, Amaranth, and Neepawa responded immediately and to police dog services.
A tip about a suspicious man attempting to enter vehicles a short distance down the highway, at the intersection with Highway 50, was received shortly after.
RCMP says they found the man and discovered he was carrying a knife.
According to police, a confrontation ensued, and one of the officers shot the man. The press release did not provide any additional information about the nature of the confrontation that occurred before the shooting.
Officers administered first aid until local paramedics arrived, but the man died on the spot.
No information about the man who was shot will be released until he is identified and his family is notified, according to police.
The shooting has been reported to Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit, responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in the province. The RCMP is still investigating the stabbing.
Source: CBC News
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