2 officers killed in Innisfil did not draw their guns, investigators say

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The 2 officers killed in Innisfil did not draw their weapons, investigators say

The public laid flowers and messages of condolence outside the police station.

The two police officers killed Tuesday at a residence in Innisfil, north of Toronto, did not open fire in the direction of the suspect, who was shot by a third officer, says the Provincial Police Unit. Special Investigations (SIU).

According to preliminary information, the two [killed] officers had not drawn their weapons when they were shot. A third officer who was also at the residence exchanged gunfire [with the suspect], SIU spokesperson Kristy Denette said.

This third officer was not injured, according to Ms. Denette.

An autopsy is to be performed Friday on the remains of the 22-year-old suspect.

The SIU, which has a mandate to investigate cases of serious injury or death during a police intervention, did not identify the young man.< /p>

According to several media, his name was Christopher Doncaste. The latter lived with his grandparents in the house where the shooting took place, CBC learned.

Concerned family members of the suspect had called the police, according to the x27;UES.

Ms. Denette adds that an SKS brand semi-automatic weapon was seized on the spot.

Des bits of information about the suspect; community in shock

The two South Simcoe Police Service officers who were killed are:

  • Devon Northrup, 33. He had worked for the police force for six years. He was assigned to community services, mental health interventions and the crisis unit.
  • Morgan Russell, 54. He had been in the police force for 33 years. He was also a former classmate of South Simcoe Police Chief John Van Dyke. He was a negotiator in crisis situations.

Staff Sergeant David Phillips of the South Simcoe Police Service told reporters the police force of about 100 officers was having a hard time.

It's like any workplace; everyone knows each other, he said. We are getting through this thanks to the support of the community.

Staff Sergeant David Phillips, South Simcoe Police Service

Sgt Phillips, who could not comment on the ongoing investigation, also pointed to the x27;support received from many police forces.

The organization of joint official funerals for the two officers is underway, he added. He expects many police officers to attend. A virtual book of condolences will also be made available to the public.

The President of the Police Association of Ontario said the deaths of the two officers had sent shockwaves through the police community.

We may never know exactly why, but hopefully investigators are able to get more information that will allow families and colleagues to move on, Mark Baxter said.

The Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate.

With information from CBC

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