Man shot by police in Haliburton County identified

The SIU has identified the man shot and killed by police in Haliburton County last month.

Leslie Hegedus, 73, was fatally shot during an interaction with OPP officers on July 15.

“The SIU’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Hegedus is ongoing,” reads a media release.

So far, five civilian witnesses and four witness officers were interviewed. Another officer was designated as a witness officer, but investigators only requested the notes. Both officers who were designated as subject officers consented to interviews and submitted their notes.”

The release notes that a post-mortem was conducted on July 17 and the SIU is in possession of those results.

“A firearm that was collected at the scene as well as the firearms of the two subject officers were sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis and investigators are awaiting those results,” it concludes.

It’s the first formal update on the case in more than a month.

According to the SIU, the OPP were notified that Hegedus had assaulted individuals at a business on Highway 35 in Minden before he left 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.

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