After a Niagara police officer shot and killed a 52-year-old man in Port Colborne early on Sunday, the province’s police watchdog has been contacted to conduct an investigation.
In response to a neighbor disagreement, Niagara Regional Police officers were summoned to the area of Main Street West and Canal Bank Road at at 9 a.m., according to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
A person of interest returned to his flat and barricaded himself within when police arrived.
According to the SIU, the Emergency Task Unit (ETU) of Niagara police arrived to the scene along with a mediator who made an effort to communicate with the man.Around 2 p.m., five hours after the initial call, members of the ETU decided to conduct a forced entry into the apartment.
When they were inside, the SIU said that one of the officers discharged his firearm, striking the man. The agency did not say in its Sunday evening release what led to the shot being fired.
The man was transported to the hospital, where he died.
The SIU, which is called to investigate the conduct of police that may have resulted in death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault, has assigned three investigators and three forensic investigators to the case.