Man fatally shot by Niagara Parks Police under Niagara Falls bridge


Published February 28, 2022 at 5:49 pm


Update: The SIU has released preliminary information about its ongoing investigation, including the man’s age (49).

A man died Monday, after he was shot by a Niagara Parks Police officer in Niagara Falls.

The provincial police watchdog affirmed on social media that the man “was shot by a @NiagParksPolice officer at about 2 p.m. under the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls.” The tweet from the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) followed its new release that said a man was involved in an interaction with Niagara Parks Police in the area of Hiram Street and River Road at around 2:15 p.m.

The Rainbow Bridge reopened later in the afternoon, Niagara police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene following the interaction, the SIU said.

The SIU has a mandate to investigate whenever police are involved in a death, serious injury, or allegation of sexual assault. The police services involved refrain from public comment once the SIU invokes its mandate.

While Rainbow Bridge is open, the Niagara police has several road closures in effect downtown due to the shooting investigation and officers are urging people to avoid the area.

Police have not released details about the circumstances leading up to the police interaction.

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