Cantley, Quebec standoff ends with fatal shooting

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by Trevor Greenway on August 26, 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 59-year-old Cantley, Quebec man died after he was shot during an armed standoff with police Aug. 20.

Claude D’Auteuil was shot by the MRC des Collines Police tactical unit after emerging from his Cantley home at 108 rue Cremazie, where he had barricaded himself earlier.

According to Surete du Quebec Spokesperson Steve Lalande, D’Auteuil called police at 4:30 p.m., threatening to kill himself. When they arrived on the scene, MRC des Collines police noticed that he was armed with a handgun and quickly called for backup.

The department’s tactical unit was called in. Police set up a perimeter, evacuated nearby homes and began negotiating over the phone with D’Auteuil. They talked for an hour before the distressed man came out of the house, wielding the firearm.

“At one given time, the individual came out of the house with the gun in his hands,” said Lalande. “Three shots were fired by police and one shot was fired by the individual.”

D’Auteuil was struck and mortally wounded. He was rushed to a Gatineau hospital where he was later pronounced dead. No officers were harmed in the incident.

Lalande couldn’t say whether the shot D’Auteuil fired was aimed at police. He was also unable to confirm whether anyone else was in the house during the standoff.

Neighbours were tight-lipped in the quiet Cantley neighborhood when the Low Down arrived early the next morning. They had been advised not to speak with reporters. Police were still on site, cleaning up police tape and collecting any last bits of evidence.

An autopsy has been scheduled. The Surete du Quebec has taken over the investigation.

The incident marks the first case in the 14-year history of the MRC des Collines force that police had to shoot an individual.