Man shot dead by First Nations police force in Manitoba, family says

A grieving woman says her 23-year-old brother was shot dead by police on Long Plain First Nation Tuesday night.

"They went rushing in there. Everything happened too quick," Patricia Richard said her mom told her.

Richard identified her brother as Ben, who lived with their mother on the Manitoba reserve, about 100 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

"She's taking it pretty hard," Richard said about her mom, stopping to choke back tears.

"She said they didn't have to [shoot him]. He wasn't threatening anyone, he just snapped on himself."

Manitoba's police watchdog said a team of investigators was deployed to Long Plain Tuesday night examining what it called a "serious incident."

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing it had opened an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man in Long Plain.

Officers responded around 6 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a man armed with a gun, the investigation unit said.

"A confrontation took place between the man and police, resulting in one or more officers discharging their firearms and striking the man. He was pronounced deceased at the scene," the IIU's release said.

The Independent Investigation Unit investigates all serious incidents involving police officers in Manitoba, whether occurring on or off duty.


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