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Kiera Prince was at home when she heard the sound of gunshots.
Prince came outside to see paramedics put a man on the stretcher trying to revive him.
She didn’t know it at the time, but would later learn, that the man was her boyfriend, Adrian Lacquette, 23, and father to their two-year-old son.
“I came outside and everyone from inside came outside and we were watching. We watched the ambulance put him on the stretcher and they were trying to revive him,” said Prince Wednesday.
“I didn’t know it would have been my boyfriend.”
The shooting occurred around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday and it wasn’t until later that morning that Prince would find out.
“I didn’t find out until this morning – until I woke up. Everyone was messaging me on Facebook. I just wish it wasn’t him they had to take,” she said.
Winnipeg police said it responded to a call at approximately 11:15 p.m. Tuesday that a man had allegedly assaulted a woman in the 800 block of Pritchard avenue. The woman was not seriously injured.
Later, at 11:45 p.m., a woman had been pulling into her garage in the 1000 block of Pritchard when a man allegedly armed with a firearm carjacked her vehicle. The woman wasn’t injured.
Then again police responded to a call at about midnight of a man allegedly robbing a business. No one was injured.
Police quickly found the vehicle at 12:20 a.m. and by 12:50 a.m. the shooting occurred.
(Locations and information courtesy Winnipeg Police Department)
“The Winnipeg Police Service responded to a series of incidents overnight that are linked to the same suspect. The last incident ended in a confrontation with an adult male suspect in the 400 block of Alfred Ave where an officer involved shooting occurred,” said Const. Jay Murray of Winnipeg police.
Prince thinks her boyfriend was trying to get home.
“I live right here and he just got shot right there. I feel like he might have been trying to come home,” she said.
People who know Lacquette spoke highly of him Wednesday and say he fell on hard times when his father died four years ago.
“He was also the nicest person you would ever meet in your life. He cared about anybody that came into his life,” said friend Alannah Guillemette.
“He had his own demons and I truly do believe a lot of that had to do with his dad dying.”
But she said he was trying to get his life together.
Police said Lacquette was known to them but wouldn’t comment further.
Manitoba’s independent investigation unit is investigating.