Special Investigations Unit seizes two weapons from Haliburton County home following fatal police-involved shooting

Special Investigations Unit still trying to find the suspect's next of kin

The Special Investigations Unit is continuing its probe into a fatal police-involved shooting in Haliburton County, said to have been prompted by the refusal to wear a mask.

The SIU says it has assigned seven investigators to this incident, and have been combing through the scene of yesterday’s shooting. A semi-automatic rifle and a pistol were seized from the home, while the SIU reports it has also taken the weapons of the two officers involved.

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According to the police watchdog, a 73-year-old man assaulted an employee of a Valu-Mart on Highway 35 in Minden around 9:30 a.m. yesterday, reportedly over a refusal to wear a mask in the store. The man fled but was pursued by OPP officers.

The SIU reports officers arrived at the suspect’s Indian Point Road address, and following a short interaction between the officers and the suspect, shots were fired. The suspect was struck and rushed to hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries.

The SIU is attempting to locate next of kin.