MONCTON, N.B. – An outside police force will investigate after shots were fired and a man died in an incident involving RCMP in Moncton, N.B., Saturday morning.

“Our officers discharged weapons. A man is dead,” said RCMP Const. Damien Thériault.

“As for the circumstances, the Fredericton police are investigating to establish exactly what happened.”

Police say the officers involved in the incident have been taken off regular policing duties, as per policy.

Codiac Regional RCMP responded to a complaint shortly before 6 a.m. of an armed man in his 30s attempting to break into a vehicle near the Moncton Coliseum.

Officers arrived at the scene and began a search for the suspect, who had by that time fled.

Around 7 a.m., shots were fired in the Whitney Avenue – Jordan Avenue area of Moncton.

The victim was later pronounced dead.

Thériault said he could not confirm how the man was killed because the matter remains under investigation.

“These are extremely rare,” he said. “I’ve been in Codiac since 2006 and I have no memory of any such incidents.”

- By Geordon Omand in Halifax

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