Quebec's police watchdog investigates death of man shot by police in the Laurentians

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The Sûreté du Québec officers were called to intervene on Lesage Street, in Sainte-Adèle, in the Laurentians Thursday night.  ( Alain Beland/Radio-Canada - image credit)
The Sûreté du Québec officers were called to intervene on Lesage Street, in Sainte-Adèle, in the Laurentians Thursday night. ( Alain Beland/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Quebec's police watchdog has opened an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 44-year-old man by provincial police officers in Sainte-Adèle, in the Laurentians, on Thursday night.

According to a report by the Bureau des Enquêtes Indépendantes (BEI) police were called to a home on Lesage Street around 9:50 p.m.

When they arrived on scene, officers were reportedly confronted by a man inside the residence. Police say they tried in vain to communicate with him.

Sûreté du Québec officers say the man then stuck his hand into a backpack and police responded by attempting to subdue him with a Taser, without success.

Police say the man took a firearm out of the bag and an officer opened fire, hitting the man with at least one bullet.

He was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the BEI.

Five BEI investigators were assigned to the case. Montreal's police force are providing technical and forensic support to help with the investigation.

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