On Thursday police shot and killed an Indigenous man in Ottawa.
Thirty-year-old Saugeen First Nation member Gregory Ritchie was reportedly walking to a pharmacy to pick up some medication.
But minutes before the pharmacy opened for the day Ottawa police were called to the strip mall about a “suspicious incident” involving a man allegedly seen entering the building with a knife in his hand.
An altercation ensued, during which Ritchie was reportedly shot multiple times.
One of the officers reportedly received minor injuries.
A family member told local media the Ojibwe man was living with mental illness and struggled to cope in public and crowded spaces.
He had recently moved to Ottawa from Kitchener, Ont. and was living with his brother and sister-in-law in the city’s south end.
The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as constables Thanh Tran and Daniel Vincelette.
Tran previously faced charges of assault causing bodily harm following the arrest of a 50-year-old homeless man in 2011, but was acquitted in 2013.
Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is investigating Thursday’s incident.