Police officer, 2nd man killed in shooting in Lac-Simon, Que.

Quebec provincial police have identified the officer shot dead in Lac-Simon as Thierry LeRoux, 26, of Amos. Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22, was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound, after LeRoux was shot.

Thierry LeRoux, 26, named as officer shot Saturday while responding to domestic call

Thierry LeRoux, 26, has been identified as the police officer shot dead Saturday in Lac-Simon. (Facebook)


  • Dead police officer identified as Thierry Leroux, 26, of Amos, Que.
  • 2nd shooting victim is Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22
  • Raymond-Papatie believed to have died of self-inflicted wound

Quebec provincial police have identified the officer shot dead Saturday in Lac-Simon as Thierry LeRoux, 26, of Amos.

He had been a member of the Lac-Simon aboriginal police force for only six months.

Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22, was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound,  shortly after LeRoux was shot. 
Crime-scene tape surrounds the home in Lac-Simon, Que., where a police officer, Thierry Leroux, 26, was shot dead Saturday. The shooting suspect was found dead inside the home, apparently from a self-inflicted wound. (Claude Bouchard/Radio-Canada)

The deaths have left the small Algonquin community 500 km northwest of Montreal in a state of shock.

According to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), two members of the Lac-Simon aboriginal police force were called to respond to a domestic disturbance about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

As they approached the home, a shot was fired from inside, striking LeRoux. He was taken to hospital in Val-d'Or, where he died.

Raymond-Papatie was found dead inside the home from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot, said Benoît Coutu, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.

Members of the Algonquin community march through the streets on Sunday. (Claude Bouchard/Radio-Canada)

Members of the community marched Sunday afternoon to the house and the police station.

The march started with speeches at Lac-Simon's community centre.

Resident Rex McKenzie prepares roses to pay respects to the families of the two men who died Saturday night. (Claude Bouchard/Radio-Canada)

People placed roses in front of the Lac-Simon aboriginal police force's station to commemorate LeRoux's death.

Police did not return fire

Coutu said the responding police officers did not return fire after they were shot at. 

Police have opened an investigation into the shooting. Under Quebec law, any incident involving a police officer in which a firearm is discharged must be investigated by a different police force.

Lac-Simon is located near Val-d'Or, about 500 kilometres from Montreal in the province's Abitibi region.

Lac-Simon band officials have put a crisis team in place to deal with the aftermath of the shooting. The band council met this afternoon. 

The SQ is also providing support to the community and police officers, said Coutu.

Police officers across Canada have taken to social media to express their condolences to the Lac-Simon police force and to the officer's family.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also tweeted his condolences, adding that provincial Aboriginal Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley was in contact with the community.

LeRoux is originally from Amos, about 100 kilometres northwest of Lac-Simon.

With files from La Presse Canadienne