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Published August 1, 2023

OPP locate vehicle of interest, confirm cause of death in homicide investigation in Penetanguishene

Last Thursday, officers responded to reports of gunshots and an injured person in the rear parking lot of the Village Square Mall
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OPP have located a vehicle of interest and confirmed the cause of death in connection to a firearm-related incident in Penetanguishene.

On Thursday, July 27, around 5:00 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunshots and an injured person in the rear parking lot of the Village Square Mall.

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Jesse Daniel Deschamps, a 30-year-old of Penetanguishene, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

"A postmortem examination conducted at the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service has confirmed a gunshot wound as the cause of death," Southern Georgian Bay OPP stated in a release.

They added that a vehicle of interest has been located and investigators are continuing their examination with the assistance of the OPP Forensic Identification Services.

Police believe this is an isolated incident and there is no immediate threat to public safety.

"The assistance of the public continues to be sought to identify any suspicious persons or activity that may have been observed in the area around the time of the incident," OPP continued.

"The suspect(s) may still be armed. If you see a person or vehicle that may be linked to this incident, call 9-1-1 and do not approach."

Anyone who has information or dashcam/surveillance video is asked to contact Southern Georgian Bay OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or opp.southern.georgian.bay@opp.ca. 

You may also submit your information online at https://ontarioprovincialpolice.ca.evidence.com/axon/community-request/public/e231005932

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