Two police officers killed in shooting near Barrie
Published October 12, 2022 at 8:21 am
Two police officers are dead after they were shot while responding to a disturbance call near Barrie on Tuesday night (Oct. 11).
The South Simcoe Police Service says the shooting happened at a home near 9th Line and 25th Sideroad in the town of Innisfil approximately 20 kilometres south of Barrie just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police said the officers were shot while inside the home, and the suspect died following a subsequent interaction with police.
Both officers were rushed to a nearby hospital, where one officer died.
The second officer died later after he was airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre in critical condition.
Ontario’s police watchdog agency, the Special Investigations Unit, has been called in to investigate the shooting death of a 23-year-old man.
It is the second fatal shooting incident and the third Ontario police officer killed by gunfire in a month. Toronto Police Service Const. Andrew Hong was killed on Sept. 12 while on break at a Tim Hortons in Mississauga, eating alone when he was ambushed from behind.
The suspect fled and eventually wound up in Hamilton, where he was shot and killed by Halton Regional Police during an attempted arrest.
Hong was a 22-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he was “heartbroken” to learn two officers were killed in the line of duty.
“We are praying for the officers’ families and all the police officers who put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
Peel Regional Police extended condolences and support to the members of the South Simcoe Police Service on Wednesday.
“Our deepest condolences to friends, family and colleagues affected by this senseless and tragic incident,” Peel police said in a statement on Twitter.
The SIU investigates the conduct of police officers which may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault, and the discharge of a firearm at a person.
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