The Ontario Police Watchdog is investigating a fatal police shooting of a man in the town of Kawartha Lakes Thursday morning.
In its preliminary investigation, the Special Investigations Unit says that around 10:05 a.m. an OPP officer from the city of Kawartha Lakes attended a rural residence on Devitts Road for an ongoing investigation. The area is close to the 49 and 37 freeways, just north of the town of Bobcaygeon.
The SIU says the officer confronted a man who had a firearm.
“There was an interaction and the officer fired his firearm before leaving,” SIU said.
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Additional officers arrived at the scene and located the man. Paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene, the SIU said.
The man’s identity has not been revealed.
in a tweet issued around 12:30 pm., the Central Region OPP said the agents had attended a residence for a theft investigation. Members of the emergency response team were among those who attended the scene.
“During an interaction a firearm was fired,” the OPP said at the time. “One person was seriously injured.”
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OPP said there were no public safety concerns.
However, around 3:10 pm, the SIU reported that the man had died.
The SIU has assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to the case. A subject official and three witness officials have been designated at this time, the SIU said.
The SIU investigates any police interaction with civilians that results in serious injury or death, the firing of a firearm, or a reported sexual assault.
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