Excitable Boys

I am certainly familiar with the concept of Death by Cop.

However I am immediately suspicious when the Surete du Quebec uses it as justification for shooting a home invader:

Shooting called ‘suicide by cop’
Suspect wounded after home break-in had urged residents to tell police he had gun

The Gazette
Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A man who was shot while Surete du Quebec officers responded to a break-in call might have been suicidal, Montreal police say.

The 45-year-old man was shot Sunday night after breaking into a house in St. Hughes, about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal. Two people inside the house managed to flee without injury.

After SQ officers arrived, the man emerged from the house and threatened them with a gun.

The man, a resident of the Monteregie region, was shot and taken to a hospital where he was reported to be in critical but stable condition yesterday.

The Montreal police have taken over the investigation. Provincial law prohibits a police force from investigating a fatal or potentially fatal shooting involving one of its own officers.

“The man apparently did not go to the home to commit a robbery. He also did not know the people inside. It has given us the impression his objective was to confront the police,” said Constable Olivier Lapointe of the Montreal police. “Suicide by cop is one of the hypotheses we are looking at.”

Montreal police major crimes investigators also learned the same man had caused a disturbance at a movie theatre in St. Hyacinthe less than a hour before he was shot in St. Hughes.

He told people inside that he was armed and that they should call the police. But when the police arrived he had already left.

Lapointe said the man told the occupants of the home in St. Hughes much the same thing before allowing them to leave.

Lapointe added that investigators were looking into the man’s past to find anything that might explain his actions.

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