One dead after Montreal cop opens fire on teens
Montreal Police have yet to explain why it was necessary for an officer to open fire on three teenagers in a Montreal park last night, killing one of them.
Police said officers initiating an arrest were surrounded by about 20 youths before the shooting occurred, but an eyewitness put the number between six and 10.
Investigators have given few clues as to what prompted the shooting. Some of the young people were said to have rushed the officers.
MONTREAL — A police patrol in a Montreal park turned ugly Saturday night when an officer opened fire on three young people, killing one man and wounding two others.
An 18-year-old man, identified by his sister as Freddy Alberto Villanueva, died from his wounds in hospital. The other two, an 18 and a 20-year-old, are reported to be in stable condition.
Montreal police say the officers were trying to arrest an individual during a routine police intervention in Henri Bourassa Park in the Montreal district of Montreal North when they were surrounded by a group of about 20 youths. A few individuals allegedly broke away from the group and rushed the officers.
According to police, it was then that one of the officers opened fire.
The officers were not wounded in the incident.
Mr. Villanueva's sister, Julissa, said in an interview from her home in the Montreal suburb of Laval, that the family is waiting for answers.
“We only know what we see in the news, in the newspapers, that's all,” she said, breaking into tears as she spoke about her brother, a student who wanted become a mechanic.
Samuel Medeiros, 18, who was at a nearby skate park last night, said he saw Villanueva and a group of between six to 10 others playing marbles in the parking lot behind the arena at the park around 7:00 last night when they were approached by two police officers. Medeiros said he does not know the individuals involved.
Medeiros said police approached the group and spoke with Dany Villanueva, 21, the victim's brother. Dany Villanueva and police exchanged verbal barbs when they tried to search him, said Medeiros, who at this point had made his way to the parking lot to see what the commotion was about.
Medeiros, who captured the aftermath of the incident on his cellphone, said Dany Villanueva was being aggressive with police who tried to arrest him and, when he resisted, pinned him to the ground.
A woman who lives kitty-corner to the park, and who knew the Villanueva family, corroborated Medeiros' story. The woman did not want to give her name.
A few witnesses said it was the female police officer who fired the shots. The police would not confirm that only acknowledging that two officers - a male and female - were present.
In addition to the man who died, two other young men suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were sent to hospital.
The provincial police force, the Sûreté du Québec, has taken over the investigation into the shooting.