Man in northern Quebec dies after police altercation


LAC-SIMON, Que. – A man shot by police during an altercation on a small Algonquin reserve in northwestern Quebec has died of his injuries.

Provincial police say the 25-year-old man passed away late Wednesday after the incident in Lac-Simon, northwest of Montreal.

Sandy Tarzan Michel’s death was also confirmed by the coroner’s office.

Lac-Simon police were responding to reports of a man allegedly brandishing a knife while walking in public.

The suspect was struck by a police cruiser and shot several times, with the reasons still unclear.

As the man was being transported to hospital, local police were allegedly attacked and provincial police were called in to assist.

Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux has ordered provincial police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

In Quebec, it is customary for another police force to investigate when someone is injured or killed during a police intervention.

Provincial police have also taken over supervision of the territory until further notice.

In February, a Lac-Simon police officer, Thierry Leroux, was shot and killed by a local man, Anthony Raymond Papatie, who then took his own life.

Lac-Simon is about 500 kilometres northwest of Montreal.