An eastern Canada police watchdog is investigating after Mounties shot and killed a man in Miramichi, New Brunswick Friday night.
Friends and family posting on social media have identified the victim as Mi’kmaq man Rodney Levi from the Metepenagiag First Nation. Daily Hive has reached out to the nation’s chief and to the New Brunswick regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for confirmation.
The Bureau des Enquetes Indepandantes of Quebec said in a news release that it agreed to take on the investigation into what happened in the neighbouring province.
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The BEI said Mounties responded to reports of a “disturbed person” possibly armed with a knife in the Miramichi area around 8 pm local time.
Mounties told the BEI they found a man armed with a knife inside a building, and tased him several times. The man allegedly charged at police, and an officer fired at him.
The victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the BEI.
Anyone who witnessed what happened can report details to the police watchdog online.
This appears to be the second time police have shot and killed an Indigenous person in New Brunswick this month. Chantel Moore, from BC, was shot and killed by an officer doing a wellness check at her Edmunston apartment on June 4.