Mtl police officer says he doesn't how he ended shooting man in back

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MONTREAL - A Montreal police officer who killed a teenager and injured two others in a 2008 shooting says he has no idea why one of his victims was shot in the back.

Jean-Loup Lapointe continued his testimony Friday at a coroner's inquest into the shooting death of 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva.

He faced a series of difficult questions from Alain Arsenault, a lawyer representing Jeffrey Sagor Metellus, who was hit in the back by a bullet from Lapointe's service weapon.

Lapointe told the inquiry he was reacting to "a mass" of people who had cornered him as he tried to arrest Dany Villanueva, Fredy's brother.

Asked how a member of the crowd could have been shot in the back if they were surging toward him, Lapointe simply responded: "I don't know."

He said he stopped shooting when he realized the crowd had started to back up.

"At no time did I shoot blindly," Lapointe added.

He also told the inquiry that he didn't really flesh out a plan of action with partner Stephanie Pilotte before embarking on the botched arrest of Dany Villanueva.

Lapointe testified that he was being swarmed, felt threatened and feared that he might lose his service weapon.

The hearing will pick up again early next week.

Geographic location: MONTREAL

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