A Sûreté du Québec (SQ) sergeant and a 35-year-old man were killed during a police intervention on Monday, March 27 in the evening in Louiseville. According to initial information, the policewoman was stabbed by the suspect, who was then shot dead.
The police force confirmed the death of Sergeant Maureen Breau Tuesday morning by press release. She reportedly succumbed to her injuries after being stabbed by a suspect during an intervention. The Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) has also launched an investigation in connection with this event which occurred on Monday around 8:30 p.m.
A duo of police officers would have moved to arrest a man concerning threats in an apartment building.
“During the arrest, when reading the rights, the individual would have taken a knife that he would have had nearby, would then have used it in the direction of the police and he would have hit a policewoman”, indicates the BEI .
A second pair of patrol officers also on the spot for the arrest would then have fired at the place of the individual. The 35-year-old died after being shot.
Sergeant Breau had just over 20 years of experience at the SQ and was assigned to the post of the MRC de Maskinongé.
Another police officer was injured during this operation. His life is not in danger, however, says the SQ.
“Such an ordeal reminds us of the danger of being a police officer in the face of extreme situations such as the one faced by Sergeant Breau, her fellow police officers and the emergency telecommunications workers who supported them during this intervention. I offer my most sincere condolences to his spouse, children, family and colleagues, ”said Johanne Beausoleil, director general of the SQ, in a press release.
Five BEI investigators were assigned to investigate the intervention. Given the circumstances of the event, the support services of a police force were required, namely the Service de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM).
A parallel criminal investigation into the events that occurred was entrusted to the SPVM.