By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s police watchdog says three Winnipeg officers have been cleared in the fatal shooting of a man who was about to throw a hatchet at them.
The Independent Investigation Unit says lethal force was justified and unavoidable when the 26-year-old man was killed Jan. 11.
The agency says officers were on the lookout that day for a man wanted in connection to a domestic assault.
When they found a suspect, officers tried to stop and question him before he fled.
The unit says an officer followed the man on foot, while requesting backup and advising that the man was armed with a hatchet.
The agency says the man later threatened police with the hatchet and two officers deployed their Tasers to no effect.
The man then drew his arm back to throw the hatchet and the three officers fired their guns.
The 26-year-old man was sent to hospital, where he died a day later.
An autopsy found a mix of methamphetamine and amphetamine in the man’s system.