UPDATE: Special Investigations Unit probing the death of 29-year-old man in confrontation with police in Collingwood

OPP were called to a home on Third Street

Thursday, September 10

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit says a 29-year-old man was killed in a confrontation with police in Collingwood.

The SIU says officers were called Wednesday about a man who had barricaded himself in a home on Third Street.

Initial investigation suggests the man emerged from the home carrying a firearm.

When an attempt to subdue the man using a taser failed, “the same officer discharged his firearm at the man,” says the SIU.

The suspect was pronounced dead at hospital.

Wednesday, September 9

The Special investigations Unit (SIU) has been called in following reports of a “critical incident” in Collingwood.

The SIU confirmed an OPP officer fatally shot a man Wednesday afternoon.

OPP Sgt. Jason Folz said via social media update officers have the area of Third and Beach Street in Collingwood closed. The OPP say its response team has cleared the area and there is no threat to public safety.

A man who lives in the neighbourhood said he was inside his home when he heard gunshots around 1:15 Wednesday afternoon.

“I heard them shooting about four, five or more shots. I ran outside and somebody was on the end of the street on the ground.”

He said somebody was trying to revive the person.

“I just saw something laying on the ground and one person over pumping, tried to revive them and keep them alive or whatever. That was going on for quite awhile. I stood there watching that and just minutes later an ambulance was coming.”

The SIU is called in whenever there are reports of police-involved injuries, assault, or death.