Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death of a man in Chatham-Kent after an officer discharged his firearm.
According to the SIU, on Wednesday, July 7, Chatham-Kent OPP were called about the theft of gas from a local gas station near Ridgetown at roughly 4:30 a.m.
Highway 401 has reopened after it was closed for nearly 12 hours to allow for a criminal investigation led by the Chatham-Kent OPP.
The SIU says an officer responding to the call spotted the suspect’s vehicle and began to follow it. The suspect vehicle lost control and rolled into a ditch.
The SIU says “an interaction took place with a male occupant and the officer discharged his pistol” and that “the male was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”
The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. No other details about the deceased have been released, and it is also unclear if the deceased was the driver or a passenger.
The westbound Hwy. 401 was also shut down at Orford Road around 5 a.m. as a result of the police investigation into the pursuit and the shooting. The highway was reopened around 12 hours later.
The SIU investigates all cases of death, serious injury or sexual assault involving police in Ontario.
They are 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.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News