Two South Simcoe Police officers died in a gun battle with a man inside a residence in Innisfil.
The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says around 8 p.m. on Thursday, police were called to a residence in the area of 25th Side Road and the 9th Line for a disturbance. Inside the home, there was an exchange of gunfire between the man and the officers. A 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Two officers were taken to hospital where they died.
Six investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to the case.
The SIU investigates the conduct of officials that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person.
Police services from across Canada have tweeted out condolences.
Premier Doug Ford tweeted Wednesday he was “heartbroken” to learn about the death of the two officers.
I’m heartbroken to learn that two @SouthSimcoePS officers were killed in the line of duty.— Doug Ford (@fordnation) October 12, 2022
We are praying for the officers’ families and all the police officers who put their lives on the line to protect our communities.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted his condolences to South Simcoe Police and the fallen officers’ loved ones.
Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin retweeted a statement from the town which called the police shootings “devastating.”
South Simcoe Police say they will issue a statement this afternoon.