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Police shoot knife-wielding suspect

Passenger threatens city taxi driver

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A man who was shot by police Thursday after he allegedly tried to rob a taxi driver has been identified as a 27-year-old man, police said.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning at St. Mary’s Road and Essex Avenue. A 31-year-old cab driver, whose first name is Salman but who did not want to use his last name, said a man threatened him with a 35-centimetre long knife, and then threatened a police officer as well before being shot.

The Duffy's taxi driver said police had no option but to shoot the man after he confronted officers.

"I was like totally shocked," said Salman.

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An officer collects evidence following a police-involved shooting at St. Mary's Road and Essex Avenue.

KEN GIGLIOTTI/ WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

An officer collects evidence following a police-involved shooting at St. Mary's Road and Essex Avenue.

A man who was shot by police Thursday after he allegedly tried to rob a taxi driver has been identified as a 27-year-old man, police said.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning at St. Mary’s Road and Essex Avenue. A 31-year-old cab driver, whose first name is Salman but who did not want to use his last name, said a man threatened him with a 35-centimetre long knife, and then threatened a police officer as well before being shot.

The Duffy's taxi driver said police had no option but to shoot the man after he confronted officers.

"I was like totally shocked," said Salman.

Salman said the man was "very hyper" during the confrontation, yelling "like crazy," while waving "his knife like a sword."

Salman said the situation escalated even further when the man "tried to jump on a cop and tried to hit him."

"The cops tried to tell him to calm down and throw the knife on the ground, but he didn't listen and he attacked one of the cops," said Salman.

The shooting happened Thursday around 2 a.m., after the driver picked up a fare near Selkirk Avenue and Main Street, and then drove him to the Glenwood neighbourhood.

Salman, who's driven a taxi for three years, said the man was sitting in the car's front passenger seat when he tried to rob him.

The man had originally been in the cab's back seat, but then climbed into the front seat after using a bank machine.

"He (looked) like a nice guy," said Salman, who said the man wore a nice coat and was well-dressed. "But you cannot tell who's wrong or right."

Salman said he managed to escape by jumping out of his cab after the man pulled out a knife about 35 centimetres long and tried to rob him.

As the armed man chased him, the cabbie said he got help from a nearby motorist who stopped — after two other vehicles drove away without coming to his aid.

Minutes later, two police officers arrived on the scene. The driver said they found the man nearby, who then began threatening them with the knife.

After the shooting, the man was taken to hospital in critical condition.

He was later upgraded to stable condition.

The 31-year-old cabbie said he felt lucky to be alive Thursday following the drama in Old St. Vital. Salman was questioned by police, who said little about the latest police-involved shooting.

Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Natalie Aitken said the investigation into the shooting was "very fresh."

"When officers did attend there... uniformed officers did locate the suspect, a confrontation did occur and a firearm discharge did happen," said Aitken.

At the scene of the shooting Thursday morning, police used white plastic covers to shield two spots on the road, several metres away from the taxi and a police cruiser.

A silver Duffy's Taxi was parked inside the area cordoned off by yellow police tape, its engine still running with its lights on.

A black, unmarked police SUV was also parked nearby.

The shooting startled residents of the normally quiet residential area.

One of them, Sandra Lindsay, said she woke up after hearing the ruckus outside her home.

Lindsay wasn't sure how many shots she heard, but said there were between one and five.

Salman's brother, Saqib, who also drives a taxi, said the violence points out the risks cabbies face, especially at night.

"Luckily, he's safe," he said.

 

— With files from William Burr

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:36 PM CDT: Adds age of the accused

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