Suspect dies after Winnipeg police say they shot at a man who produced a weapon

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's police watchdog is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting on Friday evening.

Police say in a news release that a man fled when officers approached him for "acting suspiciously."

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They say they caught up with him in a vacant lot, but he then produced a weapon and officers began shooting.

The 26-year-old, whose identity hasn't been released, was transported to hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Manitoba's Independent Investigation Unit has now taken over the investigation.

Police and IIU spokeswoman Barbara Czech both say they're not able to release the type of weapon the man was believed to be carrying, explaining that it is part of the watchdog's investigation.

Earlier this week, police in the city shot and injured a 23-year-old man who was a suspect in an assault.

Police said officers fired their guns when the vehicle the man was in rammed through a barrier.

The IIU said the man was taken to hospital, but he was not seriously hurt and was released into custody.

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