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