Montreal

SQ wraps probe into bystander police shooting

Quebec provincial police say they've completed their probe of a Montreal police shooting that left two people dead last June, including an innocent bystander on his way to work.
Flowers mark the site where hospital worker Patrick Limoges, 36, an innocent bystander, was shot by Montreal police in June after officers opened fire and killed a knife-wielding homeless man. (Canadian Press / Paul Chiasson)

Quebec provincial police have completed their probe of a Montreal police shooting that left two people dead last June, including an innocent bystander on his way to work.

In a case that made national headlines and prompted an angry anti-police march in Montreal, local officers shot a homeless man during a public disturbance and their gunfire also struck a man who was arriving for work at a nearby hospital.

Provincial police said in a statement released Wednesday that the file has been handed over to Quebec's director of criminal prosecutions.

It will be up to that office to determine whether charges are laid against the police officers.

In Quebec, it is customary when a police force is involved in a shooting that another police force is brought in to handle the investigation.

A provincial police spokeswoman said they won't have anything more to say about the case.

On June 7, Montreal police said they were called when a knife-wielding homeless man was tossing garbage around downtown Montreal.

Police cornered him, ordered him to drop his weapon, and pepper-sprayed him.

Provincial police said that when the man lunged, the local cops opened fire, striking him and a bystander across the street.