Report into bystander's death says Montreal cops need to go to the target range

Police were involved in a shooting that killed an innocent bystander in downtown Montreal Tuesday...

Police were involved in a shooting that killed an innocent bystander in downtown Montreal Tuesday morning. (Stéphane Grégoire)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 PM ET

MONTREAL — A coroner's report has highlighted poor pistol-training among Montreal police officers after a stray bullet killed a bystander during a botched takedown.

Dr. Jean Brochu says target shooting isn't a priority at the force and officers routinely miss training sessions because of court appearances or staff shortages.

On June 7, 2011, two officers opened fire on Mario Hamel, a mentally ill homeless man who was clutching a knife on a downtown street. One bullet struck and killed Hamel, but a stray bullet ricocheted across the street and hit 36-year-old hospital worker Patrick Limoges in the head, killing him as well.


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