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The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) has confirmed that a man has died after a police-involved shooting Friday night. 

Constable Jay Murray of the WPS told media Saturday morning that officers "encountered a male acting suspiciously in the area of Sargent Avenue and Maryland Street," on Friday evening at approximately 7:50 p.m.

Murray said that as officers approached the man he fled.

"Officers again made contact with the male in a nearby vacant lot. During this encounter, the male produced a weapon and officers discharged their firearms."

WPS officers provided medical assistance and the man was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to Murray. He says that the individual was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

A tragedy for everyone involved

"This is a tragedy for everyone involved," Murray said the WPS wanted to make clear. "Not only the officers that were forced to use lethal force, but you have a man that lost his life yesterday too. It's not a good situation all around. It's a tragedy for both our officers and the family members of this individual."

Murray says that while all incidents are random in nature, "at the same time we need to acknowledge that a number of days ago the PIO (Public Information Office) released on a number of incidents where lethal force could have been used. We face these types of situations every day."

It was the second time in just 48 hours that police used their firearms. WPS officers also discharged their firearms on Wednesday evening when trying to perform a traffic stop.

 

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