STE-JULIENNE — Quebec’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who allegedly slit his own throat with a box cutter as Sûreté du Québec police officers confronted him after he had stolen and crashed two cars in less than half an hour.
The agency, the Bureau des enquetes independantes, issued a news release Saturday reporting the man appeared to have injured himself with an X-Acto knife at his workplace at about 10:30 Friday morning and entered “a state of crisis,” then fled in a stolen car that he drove off the road and abandoned. He subsequently stole another vehicle, which he also drove off the road, near Ste-Julienne, about 70 kilometres north of Montreal.
At about 10:55 a.m., two SQ officers arrived and tried to get the man, who was in the car, to cooperate and give up of the box cutter. According to the BEI news release, which included preliminary information provided to the agency, “the individual made a motion with the X-Acto at the level of his throat.”
The man then became motionless inside his car, according the BEI. One of the officers smashed a car door and the police tried to revive the man. He was taken to hospital, where his death was declared.
Seven BEI investigators are involved. Any witnesses to the event are asked to communicate via its website at www.bei.gouv.qc.ca/nous joindre.