'Police shot JJ Harper's nephew'
Officials from the Wasagamack First Nation are speaking out about what they call a "senseless killing of a First Nation youth."
They are planning to hold a news conference Tuesday morning outside the Simcoe Street house where 26-year-old Craig McDougall was shot and killed by police.
In a statement released Monday, the first nation says the man was a member of their reserve, and the nephew of J.J. Harper. Harper was a native leader who was also shot and killed by police 20 years ago.
Reserve officials blame Winnipeg police for wrongdoing in the incident.
Police say the man refused to drop a knife and after efforts to subdue him with a taser failed, they shot him.
The officers involved were responding to calls for help from a house in the 700 block of Simcoe Street early Saturday morning.
A witness at the scene told CTV News a woman inside the house refused to let officers in, yelling "leave -- get out of my house."
The witness said police ripped the door off and pulled two men from the house.
Sometime during the scuffle police say a man came at officers with a knife; and that officers tried to taser the suspect unsuccessfully.
Taser "didn't work"
It's not clear if the device malfunctioned or the officer missed; but police say it left them no choice but to shoot.
"It does appear he did not comply with their requests," Cst. Jacqueline Chaput said. "The electronic control device was deployed. That didn't' work so they had to relay on a higher level of force."
The suspect was shot by police more than once. He died in hospital.
This is the second time in two weeks someone has died during an encounter with Winnipeg police.
Michael Langan died after being tasered by officers. Police say he too was armed with a knife.