Police shooting in Gaspé probed by Quebec's independent investigation unit

Members of Quebec's independent investigation unit are headed to Gaspé after a man was shot by police in a commercial parking lot overnight.

Man shot by police officer at least once, 6 investigators headed to scene

A 32-year-old man was shot by a Sûreté du Québec officer at least once. (Luc Lavigne/Radio-Canada)

Quebec's independent investigation unit has launched an investigation after a man was shot by police in a commercial parking lot overnight in the Gaspé.

According to the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI), the 32-year-old man was holding a "blunt object" and rushed toward the officers during an intervention early Sunday. 

The officers shot the man at least once. He is expected to survive.

A team of six investigators from the unit, which was formed this year to investigate cases of death or serious injury during police interventions, is expected to arrive on the scene this evening.

The investigation comes a day after a vigil in Montreal, aimed at commemorating those whom protesters say unjustly lost their lives at the hands of police.

Many at the vigil were critical of the newly formed bureau, saying it's merely an extension of the police and not truly independent.

It is comprised of 18 investigators — nine former police officers, two people formerly associated with police and seven civilians with relevant backgrounds in fields such as criminology and law.

The BEI has defended hiring former police officers. It says complicated cases need the perspective that ex-officers can provide.