And all the peacemaker turn war officer
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The day after the shootings, Montreal police issued a news release saying an officer fired at the group because police felt threatened by Fredy Villanueva, his brother Dany and a number of their friends. Police were trying to search Dany Villanueva when the altercation began.
A few days after the shootings, a Montreal police officer, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Gazette the officer who fired his gun did so after his female partner was badly beaten.
But Dave Augustin, 20, a close friend of Sagor-Métellus, said Sagor-Métellus told him no one attacked the police officers.
“He said it is a story that the police invented to camouflage the real story,” said Augustin, at the news conference to express his support for a public inquiry. “He doesn’t know why he was shot. He was shot in the back.”
Augustin said Sagor-Métellus told him a group of about eight people were playing dice when Lapointe approached them and singled out Dany Villanueva.
According to Sagor-Métellus, Augustin said, the officer pushed Villanueva against the car and handcuffed him after Villanueva fought back. It was then that Fredy Villanueva and others in the group approached the officers. According to witnesses, Fredy Villanueva said: “What are you doing? Leave him alone.”
An altercation ensued and Lapointe fired four shots, killing Fredy Villanueva and wounding Sagor-Métellus and Méas.