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Serious Incident Response Team of Newfoundland is investigating the fatal shots fired by a police officer during an intervention on June 12, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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The “font of fonts” in Newfoundland and Labrador says there are no grounds to lay charges against a provincial police officer who fatally shot a Sudanese man in Saint John earlier this year.< /p>

The Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT-NL) said in its report on Wednesday that the man who was shot was armed with two knives and attacked the police officer with a hammer.

The agency has not identified the victim, but members of the Sudanese community in Saint-Jean say the victim was killed. he was Omar Mohammed, a refugee and former child soldier who needed help but didn't receive it.

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The Royal Constabulary Force of Newfoundland intervened in June in the employment center on Elizabeth Avenue. A police officer was injured and a citizen was shot.

The Response Team report indicates that the man was shot at an employment center on the morning of the 12th June, less than five minutes after the arrival of two officers from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the provincial police.

Employees at the center called the police because they recognized the man and knew he was the subject of an arrest warrant.

The response team says it hired an independent, out-of-province use of force expert who concluded that the victim posed a serious threat and that the police officer's response was measured and appropriate in the circumstances.

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Mr. Mohammed had a history of interactions with police dating back to 2015, according to the report. He was accused of punching a police officer and biting a correctional officer at a St. John's prison, as well as a staff member at a psychiatric hospital. He was convicted of several crimes, including possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and sexual assault.

A friend , Choul William, told the Canadian Press in June that he suffered from serious mental health problems resulting from extreme trauma. He said Mr. Mohammed came to Canada in hopes of a better life. He believed that he would receive good treatment and that everything in his life would change.

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