Timeline: Fatal police responses to mentally distressed in Montreal

It’s a complex scenario that has been addressed by coroners, examined by mental health experts, wrestled with internally by police forces and decried by advocates for years.

And yet, Tuesday evening in Montreal’s Gay Village, it unfolded again, the early details of what happened already drawing similarities to past incidents in the city.

According to investigators, a 58-year-old man was distressed and holding a screwdriver in each hand when police were called to his apartment around 7 p.m. A tense confrontation ensued. Tasers and plastic bullets failed to subdue him, so multiple shots were fired. The man died in a hospital two hours later, and neighbours later said he appeared to have mental health issues — he could often be heard screaming on his own in his apartment or on his balcony.

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