Man dies in altercation with officer behind Morrisburg OPP station

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Police gunshots heard at OPP station in Morrisburg; witness saw CPR being performed on man at back of building

MORRISBURG — Gunshots rang out behind the Morrisburg OPP station today, and moments later a man lay prone on the ground as officers approached with guns drawn late this morning.

The OPP have now confirmed that the adult male sustained fatal injuries in an “altercation” with a police officer. The officer “is being treated for undetermined injuries,” the provincial police force’s corporate communications department said in a statement released at 4:15 p.m.

An investigation has been launched by the province’s Special Investigations Unit, mandated to look into fatalities involving police.

Nation Valley News was contacted by a reliable witness who, while filling up with gas at the MacEwen gas station, heard gunshots and then saw the police commotion on the north side of the police station, across the road from the gas pumps.

The witness said he heard the unmistakable popping sound of gunfire.

“And when I looked across, I saw a cop get up from the ground,” he said, adding the officer’s gun was drawn as he approached the other man, who remained on the ground. A female officer began performing CPR on the individual.

The witness reported that a robust police response to the situation was just starting to unfold. The incident occurred at 11:07 a.m., according to police.

Almost two hours later, the Morrisburg OPP station and adjoining South Dundas fire station building remained taped off, with an ambulance not moving from the scene and blocking the doorway to the building.

Police have confirmed that the deceased individual was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.

A local constable referred all questions back to the SIU, after he was asked of any connection to an incident at the Morrisburg McDonald’s earlier this year. In that situation, which happened a stone’s throw from the police station, officers responded to a man in mental distress.

This article was edited to reflect information as it came in.

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