Monday , May 17 2021

A policeman from Niagara struck and injured his colleague; the mayor wants to know why

Rumors and emotions take place high after a police officer shoots another at a rural crossroad in Pelham, Ont, according to the mayor of the city.

"There are many questions, but there are many emotions behind those issues," said Dave Augustin. "I just hope they can reach the bottom of this and understand this and provide treatment. This will have effects on the wave."

Mostly rural Pelham is southwest of St. Katarina.

The Special Investigation Unit in Ontario announced more details Friday, including that only one policeman shot his weapon and shot repeatedly.

The killer and victim were among a group of officers in the Roland Road area and Effingham Street, who were investigating a clash that occurred a few days earlier.

"A policeman rescinded his firearms several times and the other officer was hit," the SIU said in a statement. "The officer who was shot was transported to a hospital where he is in a stable condition."

What will lead to individuals who need to serve and protect them to involve themselves.– Dave Augustin, the mayor of Pelham

The statement does not state how many times the victim was affected.

The SIU says it will not disclose the identity of the officers according to its policy, while the investigation is ongoing. However, police in Niagara says the injured officer has 28 years of experience and has been appointed as a uniform patrol in Veland and Pellach.

Investigators are working at the village section of Roland Street and Efingham Street in the city of Pelham. (Samantha Krags / PS)

There are 12 officers of witnesses about what happened, including the man who was shot, according to SIU.

It will not reveal the identities of those officers according to its policy, while the investigation is ongoing. He also did not disclose what led to the recording or any details of the relationship between the two men.

"Understanding what happened and the relationship between police officers is part of the SIU investigation," spokeswoman Monica Houdon said on Thursday.

A union that supports both officers

Augustin said there are many rumors that revolve around what happened.

"Our community is the one where these things do not happen so often," he said. "The community really asks why it happened, and it will lead to individuals who need to serve and protect themselves to get involved."

The regional police association in Niagara, meanwhile, heard from police services across the country, President Cliff Priest said. His association supports officials and their families.

"When they hear about traumatic incidents involving police officers, it has a traumatic effect," he said. "This is our family. When one of our family hurts, we all hurt."

No arrests made

That support, he said, includes counseling, transportation or just listening.

The chief police officer in the Niagara area, Brian McCulloch, said he had asked the provincial police in Ontario to determine whether there was criminal guilt outside the scope of the SIU, but said no arrests were made in connection with the shooting.

"The days and weeks ahead will try them for the family of NRPS and for the community we serve," he said. "I'm looking for your support for our members and everyone involved."

Kevin Bryan, a retired police detective and police instructor from New York at Seneca College, says that while conflicts between police officers are unusual, he has never seen an incident like this one this week.

To have one policeman shoot another while on duty and in broad daylight is simply shocking, he said.

"To get to this, wow"

"I've seen the unfaithfulness of the work between officers and spouses of officers, where one officer is with someone else's partner," Brian said.

There will be some election sides and such things.– Kevin Brian, a police instructor

"I know about incidents where someone is hit in the face and the like, through infidelity or infidelity. But I have never seen where he is approaching – and on duty.

"I've seen an officer grab another collar collar officer and push them against a locker where one officer does not like another … but to come to this, wow."

And just like shooting has an impact on the community, it will also wave the service.

"There will be some election sides and such things," Brian said.

"There will be guys who may think the boy deserves to be shot, and there will be guys who hated [shooter]. "

Brian said that undoubtedly, NRPS higher windows are rooted in the situation today to see if people were aware of any resentment between the two officers.

Brian said that while the situation is very unusual, police unions have dealt with situations in which they support conflicting officers.

"It can happen. It's uncomfortable, but you just get your lawyers."

Michael Kempa, president of the Criminology Department at the Ottawa University, told PS News that in such a case an officer will not be charged until the investigation is completed, which is contrary to how generally a public member will address.

"I think the public will be surprised to know that for an ordinary police officer, the default will not start charging, because you would first assume that the release of firearms was likely to be reasonable, and then investigate and find something wrong, then we will set accusation … as a member of the public, that's the other way around, "Kempa said.

But for a civilian, he said, "they say, OK, firearms were emptied, it's probably unreasonable, we will put the charge, and then we will see if we have enough to secure conviction."

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