Three Winnipeg police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing after disarming a man who was wearing a rifle in a shoulder sling in January.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba launched a probe after the suspect suffered a fractured rib and partially collapsed lung during the arrest.
Police responded to a rooming house on Ross Avenue January 23 to find a man wearing a black ski mask with a sawed-off rifle with a scope attached. When the man refused police commands to raise his hands, one officer physically forced him to the ground. The man was wearing the rifle on his arm and a struggle ensued with two other officers. A Taser was eventually used to subdue the suspect.
He The suspect was taken to the Health Sciences Centre for his injuries.
The IIU concluded that officers did not apply excessive force and the situation could have turned fatal had police not acted in the way they did.