401 near Ridgetown partially closed due to criminal investigation, OPP

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Chatham-Kent OPP are warning that portions of Highway 401 are closed, and Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a police officer discharged their weapon following an altercation.  (CBC - image credit)
Chatham-Kent OPP are warning that portions of Highway 401 are closed, and Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a police officer discharged their weapon following an altercation. (CBC - image credit)

A portion of Highway 401 is closed due to a criminal investigation being led by Chatham-Kent OPP, according to police.

In a media release, the province's Special Investigations Unit said that around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Chatham-Kent OPP responded to a call about stolen gas from a gas station. An officer saw the suspected vehicle and while police were pursuing it, the vehicle lost control and rolled into a ditch.

According to the SIU, an officer and a male occupant of the vehicle got into an altercation and the officer discharged their pistol.

The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly after 5 a.m., Chatham-Kent OPP tweeted out a road closure along Highway 401 between Victoria and Orford roads.

At about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, OPP tweeted that Westbound lanes remain closed but Eastbound lanes reopened.

The SIU investigates all cases of death, serious injury or sexual assault involving police in Ontario.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The SIU is also asking anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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