Manitoba watchdog clears 2 First Nations police force officers in fatal Long Plain shooting

The Independent Investigation Unit is clearing a pair of Manitoba First Nations Police Service officers of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Ben Richard, 23, on Long Plain First Nation last spring.

The civilian director of the IIU, Zane Tessler, concluded that the use of lethal force by the two MFNP officers was "justified, unavoidable and necessary" to prevent any further death or injury to the public.

Reports of a man shooting out the windows of his home drew officers from the police service, formerly known as the Dakota Ojibway Police Service, to a property in Long Plain, just south of Portage la Prairie, on April 2, 2019.

He allegedly shot at one officer upon arrival, then at two others who returned fire that hit the man in several places, according to the IIU.

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