Cantley, Quebec man shot dead by police

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by Trevor Greenway on August 23, 2010

An MRC des Collines officer cleans up some police tape on Cremazie St. in Cantley on the early morning of Aug. 21. Trevor Greenway photo

An MRC des Collines officer cleans up some police tape on Cremazie St. in Cantley on the early morning of Aug. 21. Trevor Greenway photo

A Cantley, Quebec man is dead following an armed standoff with MRC des Collines police Aug. 20.

The 59-year-old man had barricaded himself inside his Cantley home at 108 Cremazie St at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 20, threatening to kill himself. The Ottawa Citizen has reported that the first officer on the scene saw the man carrying a handgun. He called for back up and the department’s tactical unit. Nearby houses were immediately evacuated.

The report says that the officers tried for over an hour to negotiate a peaceful ending to the ordeal, but the man fired several shots inside the home. He then came outside with his gun and approached police in a threatening manner. As the man was approaching, an officer from the tactical unit fired his weapon, badly injuring the man. He was taken to a Gatineau hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Neighbours were tight lipped on the early morning of Aug. 21 when the Low Down showed up, as they had been advised not to speak to reporters. Several officers were still on the scene though, cleaning up police tape and collecting the final bits of evidence.

The Quebec provincial police are investigating the shooting.

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