The Manitou Department of Public Safety spokesperson Officer Beatdon released a statement at half past three today concerning the incident at the South Promenade Metro Transit station in downtown Manitou, GCG.
"At 1:03 pm our 9-1-1 service received a call from an individual at the Transit centre to report an individual that was threatening passengers with a knife or a gun. The facility was already in lock-down mode as per anti-terrorism procedures when we arrived on scene at 1:05 pm. The first detachment to respond is located in downtown Manitou about half a block from the centre....
The responding officers witnessed the individual on the sidewalk near the doors of a bus. The suspect was waving a knife around and screaming obscenities at onlookers and officers could see one victim laying on the ground near the front bus tires...
M.D.P.S. officers instructed the suspect to drop the knife several times. The suspect refused to comply with the orders of the officers and lunged toward the victim nearby. At this time Officer Pikeme fired his service revolver at the suspect. The suspect was shot and died as a result of his injuries. The victim was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was released a short time ago...
Public Safety officers from detachments in Manitou, GCG and Midland, GCG secured the scene and conducted a search of the area to ensure public safety. The area was released from lock-down at 2 pm and the nearby street re-opened shortly afterward...
We have identified the suspect as twenty-four year old Ikila Lotapeple. Mr. Lotapeple was wanted in connection with a domestic dispute that resulted in the stabbing death of his spouse twenty-year old Victovia Lotapeple, last week in Othertown. This was not an act of terrorism as previously reported, it was a tragic domestic dispute that carried into our community. While the investigation will continue we do not believe there is any further threat to our city".
This is the first substantial incident of violence in the R.M. of Manitou, GCG since the robbery in Mud River, GCG on March 13 of this year that resulted in two deaths.
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