PELHAM, Ont. – A 44-year-old officer suffered serious injuries on Thursday during a shooting, which was reported to the Ontario police inspector, in which two members of the Niagara Police Service participated.
An ad hoc investigation team stated that it was investigating “quarrels” between two officers, one of whom received a gunshot wound at around noon in Pelham, Ont.
“The officer was taken to hospital for treatment, and then taken to Hamilton General Hospital,” said SIU spokeswoman Monika Hudon.
“Understanding what happened and the relations between the officers are part of the investigation of the SIU. I can only tell you that a quarrel occurred, and a firearm was fired, and one officer was struck. ”
Hudon added that the agency appointed 11 investigators, including three legal experts, to the case. She said that it was very early in the investigation, and there were no arrests.
She urged anyone with information, especially videos, to contact SIU.
The Nigerian regional police said on Thursday evening in a statement that the officer was in a stable condition. The officer has 28 years of service, and his name is “not currently released,” the force said.
“In the spirit of transparency, I asked the provincial police of the province of Ontario to determine if there was any criminal culpability outside the scope of the CIU,” said Niagara Brian McCulloch, the head of the national police force, in a statement.
“Days and weeks ahead will try to use NRPS and the community we serve for the family,” said McCulloch. "I ask you for the support of our members and all those concerned."
Local residents said that the shooting led to the rush of groups of cars rushing to the scene early in the day.
Robin Zawitz said she was driving home at about 1:30 pm. when she came across a police blockade. She said she could see a police SUV in a ditch and numerous squads.
“The police car is the first in the ditch, and it looks like there is no damage to it,” Zavitz said.
“It's scary when a policeman was shot in the middle of the day.”
Zawitz said that a police car blocked the road at the same intersection all morning, but added that the police squall did not occur until early evening.
On Thursday, the Niagara district police tweeted that the road would be partially closed for investigation. Hudon said the investigation was related to a clash that occurred a few days ago, but did not specify further.
Mike Shepherd was driving home when he crossed the same intersection at about 11:30 in the morning. The officer was in his squad car, blocking the road to the east, Sheferd said.
"He said they are investigating the accident on the way."
Just over an hour later, he said that the ambulance rushed past.
The provincial ambulance service reported that she transferred the patient from St. Katharina, Ontalia, to a trauma center in Hamilton with critical injuries.
The CIU is a long-arm organ that is automatically called to investigate police reports of death, serious injury, or sexual assault charges.