SPVM shoot Ontario woman's car, won't pay for damages: report

An Ontario woman whose car was in the middle of a police shooting in Montreal wants the city to pay some of the damages, but officials are saying no.

Shannon Ojero, from Brantford, Ontario, told the Montreal Gazette she lent her car to her daughter so she could celebrate the New Year with some friends in Montreal.

Ojero's 17-year-old daughter was staying at the Faubourg Hotel on René-Lévesque Blvd. on the same night of a police shooting that sent one man to hospital.

Responding to a call regarding a bar fight a few blocks from the hotel, Montreal police officers began chasing a suspect seen holding a gun. The pursuit ended on René-Lévesque when the 24-year-old turned around and shot at the police. The officers returned fire, injuring the man. 

Two stray bullets though hit Ojero's car, piercing the front bumper before getting stuck in part of the ventilation system.

The damage was covered by Ojero's insurance, but there was a $1,000 deductible, a bill she said either Montreal police or city hall should pay.

Ojero told the newspaper her claim was refused because Quebec's Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes found the officers involved in the shooting were not wrong when they fired their weapons that night.

In order to be reimbursed for material damages caused by a police it must be proven that the officers involved in the incident were in the wrong, which is not the case in this instance.

To make the situation more confusing, Ojero said officials gave her the run around and she faced several language barriers while trying to file her claim. By the time she managed to get an answer on how she needed to proceed, a 15-day deadline had passed, shutting her chances of receiving any money for good.