Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Witness Says Man Winnipeg Police Shot Was Screaming, Carrying a Spear

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Witness Says Man Winnipeg Police Shot Was Screaming, Carrying a Spear

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Witness says police asked man to drop weapon

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WINNIPEG - Witnesses says a man shot by Winnipeg police was agitated, screaming and carrying a spear.

Nicelyn Romero, who works in an optometrist's office, says she was sitting at her desk when she noticed a man with a "long knife."

He appeared to be agitated and arguing with three police officers outside the glass doors and windows of the office on the second floor of the Graham Skywalk.

Romero says police followed the man into the office after he kicked the door open and walked towards her desk as he carried a spear.

Optometrist Robert Lecker had two patients in the back room when he heard Romero call him for help, saw the man with the spear, returned to his office and then heard two shots.

The 25-year-old man was taken to hospital and police say his condition has been upgraded to stable. …

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