OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique has addressed ‘misinformation’ circulating on social media about a police-involved shooting in Haliburton County Wednesday (July 15).
While not legally permitted to comment on specifics of the case, Carrique urged residents to refer to the information that has been released by the SIU thus far in the interest of a “fair and impartial” investigation.
“Misinformation has been posted on social media regarding the OPP-involved shooting in Haliburton County,” reads a pair of Twitter posts.
“To ensure the independence and integrity of the SIU, which is essential to maintaining the trust and confidence the public has in its police, I am appropriately prohibited by law from commenting on the details of incidents being investigated by the SIU.”
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, 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.\
A post-mortem was slated for today.