A Winnipeg man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a drunken, drug-induced rampage that ended with police shooting him twice.
Matthew Prince, 25, was struck in the arm and groin after he refused to drop two large butcher knives while walking towards two officers in February 2009. He had stabbed his girlfriend moments earlier after breaking into her home in the middle of the night.
Crown attorney Paul Girdlestone told court Friday that Prince ignored repeated demands to drop his weapons.
"As he was closing in on officers, Mr. Prince was yelling 'Kill me, kill me,' " Girdlestone said.
Defence lawyer Mike Cook said his client wasn't thinking clearly after consuming numerous beers and a large quantity of cocaine in the hours preceding the confrontation.
"It was not his intention at the end of the day to injure the police officers," Cook said. Prince offered an apology to the officers for forcing them to shoot him, court was told.
Prince's girlfriend was not seriously injured after being stabbed in the arm. The pair had been partying earlier that night, even though Prince was out on bail on an assault charge and was forbidden from contacting her.
Girdlestone said the pair began arguing while at the woman's grandmother's house. The girlfriend kicked Prince out of the home and threw his beer and clothing onto the front yard.
Prince waited several hours before returning to the Ashburn Street home around 6:30 a.m. He kicked down the door, went to his girlfriend's bedroom and began assaulting her. He also shoved her grandmother into a wall before finally being overpowered and removed from the home by her uncle.
Police arrived within minutes and found the knife-wielding Prince outside the home. Police briefly considered using a Taser but were forced to shoot when he got within a few feet of them, court was told.
Prince dropped to the ground after being shot twice and was handcuffed and rushed to hospital, where he was treated for several days. One bullet went through his arm, breaking it, while the other pierced both his upper thighs and went through his groin.
"There was a great amount of damage to him," Cook said. "Mr. Prince has gone through a pretty unique experience. There are not many people who can talk about being shot, not once but twice, and having survived."
Prince, who has a lengthy record, will spend only four months in prison after receiving double-time credit for the 13 months he has already served.