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Officer Won’t Be Charged After Shooting Suspect in the Buttocks

March 9, 2018 2:10 PM | News

Portage Suspect Vehicle

A damaged Buick sedan sits on the lawn at the intersection of McKay and 14th Street NW in Portage la Prairie on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (MATT HERMIZ / PORTAGEONLINE.COM)

RCMP Logo VehicleAn RCMP officer who shot a suspect in the buttocks outside of Portage la Prairie last summer won’t be charged.

The incident stemmed from a pursuit of an armed man who stole a vehicle in Headingley and fired shots on June 27. He travelled west on the Trans-Canada and later collided with a police vehicle. He later fled into a potato field with a firearm after being spotted hitchhiking on the highway.

One of the officers fired two shots when the suspect reached into his waistband, striking him in the buttocks. He was released from hospital several days later.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba was called in and determined the officer’s decision to fire was “reasonable and justified” given the circumstances to protect the life of the many officers on scene.

The incident forced schools in Portage la Prairie to be put into lockdown as the search for the suspect ensued.

The suspect faces outstanding charges before the courts related to the incident.