Investigation continues into fatal police-involved shooting in Minden

Few details have emerged about the circumstances that led to a fatal police-involved shooting in Haliburton County Wednesday (July 15).

A 73-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, was shot and killed by two officers following an incident at a grocery store on Highway 35 in Minden.

According to the SIU – which is leading the investigation – the OPP were notified that the man had assaulted individuals at the business before leaving in a vehicle around 9:30 a.m.

“An officer observed the vehicle and commenced following it for a short period of time,” reads a media release.

“Based on a query of the vehicle’s licence plate, officers made their way to a residence on Indian Point Road. Outside the residence, there was an interaction with the man and two officers discharged their firearms. The man was struck.”

He was reportedly transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m.

In an update Thursday (July 16), the SIU noted that investigators are attempting to locate the man’s next of kin.

“The scene was searched yesterday, and those efforts will continue today. From the scene, a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol were collected. The firearms of two police officers were also secured,” the media release reads.

Four officers from the OPP have been designated as witness officers and arrangements for interviews are underway.

A post-mortem investigation is slated for Friday.

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