- Manitoba RCMP says a hitchhiker who stabbed a driver has been shot and killed by police.
- An investigation has noticed that a male driver and his female passenger picked up the hitchhiker on the highway.
Manitoba RCMP says a hitchhiker who stabbed a driver has been shot and killed by police.
Police say officers responded to a stabbing report at 8:50 am off Highway 16 in Westbourne, a community northwest of Portage la Prairie.
An investigation has noticed that a male driver and his female passenger picked up the hitchhiker on the highway.
Police stated that the male hitchhiker attacked and stabbed the driver, who could pull him to the side of the road.
They say the hitchhiker ran on foot, and a short time later, officers received a call about a man trying to enter cars at the junction of Highway 50 and Highway 16.
When they found the suspect, police said there was a confrontation, and an officer shot the man.
“Officers immediately provided first aid until local emergency medical services arrived,” police said in a news release Wednesday.
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“The suspect, however, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.”
Police said no further data was being released about the man because they were still trying to identify him and notify his family.
They said an edged weapon was recovered at the scene.
Police said the stabbed male driver is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Manitoba RCMP continues to investigate the stabbing, while the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba will investigate the police shooting.
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