SCUGOG: An investigation is underway after a 59-year-old man was shot dead by a police officer following a confrontation at a Waterbury Cres. home on Saturday night.
According to police, on the evening of Jan. 16, officers were dispatched to 239 Waterbury Cres., in the Canterbury Common area of Port Perry after receiving a call concerning a “distraught” male in the area at around 9:20 p.m.
Police added that after a confrontation, the man was shot by a responding officer. He was then transported to Lakeridge Health Port Perry where he was later pronounced dead.
In the wake of the shooting, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate the incident. The SIU is called in to investigate when police are involved in an incident where someone dies, is seriously injured or is sexually assaulted.
As of press time, Durham Region Police and SIU representatives have not released the identity of the victim.
Speaking with The Standard, neighbours in the community, which caters to older residents, explained that the victim had been visiting the home, and was not a resident of the adult lifestyle community.
As well, neighbours reported hearing “two sharp pops” at the time of the incident.
“When I got up and looked outside, I saw a policeman over there pointing his gun and there was a body flipped over the snow bank,” explained a neighbour who did not wish to have their name used, adding that the officer approached the body with caution, still aiming his weapon before flipping the man over and checking for vital signs.
Other neighbours noted that they had heard multiple shots and saw the man lying near the street before additional cruisers and an ambulance arrived.
The SIU investigation is ongoing, and the province has assigned a nine-member team to the case, including six investigators and three forensic investigators.