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Man shot dead by the Saguenay police officers were a foreign student

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Five members of the Bureau of Independent Investigations are on the ground in Saguenay.

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A delegation from the Guinean embassy in Ottawa is on its way to Saguenay to meet its nationals shaken by Tuesday's police operation, during which a man was was shot dead by the police.

The University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) also confirms that the victim is one of its foreign students.

The diplomatic delegation will meet with Canadian authorities in particular to obtain the official version of events. She will also go to the bedside of the other Guinean student, injured by a knife in this case. He is currently in the hospital.

According to the testimony of those close to him, he was a nice and quiet person, commented Haibou Sow, president of the Association of Guineans of Saguenay, on Wednesday. We are human, it can affect everyone, especially a loved one, it can affect us morally. Following this, we will see here what there is to do here. For the moment, we reserve any comments regarding the why and how.

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Habibou Sow is the president of the Association of Guineans of Saguenay.

On rue des Hospitalières, where the tragedy occurred, the security perimeter was lifted.

Five members of the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) are looking into this sad event to better understand the circumstances. They arrived in Saguenay Tuesday evening and worked part of the night.

They were able to gather more information on this case.

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The police operation took place on rue des Hospitalières, in the district of Chicoutimi. The security perimeter has been lifted.

Initially, the police were called to intervene after a person had been stabbed.

Arriving on the scene, two police officers saw another person who was walking down the street with a knife in his hand. Despite repeated requests from the officers, the individual refused to drop his weapon.

One ​​of the police officers then used an electric shock weapon to kill him. master, but without success.

The person allegedly advanced towards the police, still with the knife in his hand. A police officer then allegedly fired in the direction of the person, who was injured by police shooting.

A quote from Mélissa-Amélie Plourde, spokesperson, BEI

Maneuvers were carried out on site in the hope of saving him, but in vain.

The Office of Independent Investigations is asking for the public's help in gathering more information about this event.

The BEI is responsible for conducting independent investigations when a person is killed or injured by a firearm used by an officer during a response.

With information from Louis Martineau, Annie-Claude Brisson andSacha-Wilky Merazil

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