Ontario’s police watchdog said that a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol were found at the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting in Haliburton County. The drama started at a Valu-mart on Highway 35 in the township of Minden when a man refused to wear a mask at a grocery store. The shoot out came to an end about 40 kilometers away near a residence on Indian Point Road, east of the Village of Haliburton. Following a report that there was a man who was refusing to wear a mask and was assaulting people at the store, Ontario Provincial Police were called to the grocery store at around 8 a.m.
OPP Sgt. Jason Folz said that the man declined to put on a mask at the store, and when the store refused to service him, he started assaulting people. Folz indicated that then the police became involved with that initial assault investigation and follow-up. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) indicated that the man left the store and was followed for a short time by an officer. The SIU is an arm’s length provincial agency called in to investigate whenever police are involved in a death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault.
Officers tracked the man to a home on Indian Point Road using the vehicle’s license plate. Folz said that officers were welcomed with shots fired towards them. The SIU indicated that two officers fired their guns, and after that, the man was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m. Police have not released the identity of the man who they say comes from the Haliburton area by saying that they are continuing to make attempts to locate his next-of-kin. The post-mortem will be conducted today. The SIU said on Thursday morning that a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol were collected as officers searched the scene the day prior.
The OPP said that investigators are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, and there is no concern for public safety. They have assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators from the SIU to look into the case. There are arrangements for interviews for the four OPP officers who have been designated as witness officers. Any person with information on the incident is requested to contact the SIU.