2 dead following brutal stabbing, police shooting in downtown Kingston


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A Kingston man was shot by police after he stabbed two people on Thursday on Queen Street, according to multiple witnesses. Police sources have also now confirmed that two people have died as a result of the incident.

It’s unclear who was killed during the altercation, but cellphone video of the scene shows the assailant being shot by police.

Johnadeen Albertini was standing on the corner of Queen and Bagot streets just before 2 p.m. when he says he saw a man stabbing another man across the street.

“Please just stop,” Albertini shouted. Albertini said the man then looked over, and then grabbed another man and started stabbing him as well.

Albertini said police arrived within minutes, and there was an altercation between officers and the man with the knife.

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Albertini said police then fired shots at the man before he stabbed himself several times in the jugular.

A resident who was in a building nearby says they caught the shooting on camera. The photo shows a police officer pointing a gun at a man with a knife.


Another man at the scene waiting to be interviewed by police corroborated Albertini’s account of the incident. The second man did not want to be identified.

A third witness, working in an office building within view of the scene, said he heard a gunshot and looked out his window to see terrified people running away.

Global Kingston has also received video footage from the incident that appears to show a man in a black shirt and grey pants, much like the image shown above, stabbing one man until he falls to the ground, and a police officer intervening. The video also shows a police officer allegedly shooting the man.

Paramedics were seen trying to resuscitate at least two people at the scene.

A code orange was briefly called at Kingston General Hospital, but was deactivated shortly afterward. Otherwise, the hospital would not comment on the incident.

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Queen Street is closed as a result of the investigation between Montreal Street and Wellington Street. Bagot Street is also closed between Princess and Barrack streets.

Kingston police say they cannot comment because the Special Investigations Unit are now investigating the incident.

“The SIU has invoked its mandate and we will be unable to provide any further information at this time,” Const. Ash Gutheinz said in an emailed statement.

A spokesperson from the SIU also confirmed they are investigating the incident but would not give any more details at this time.

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