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"To get to that, wow," the police instructor says about a Niagara officer shot by a colleague



Rumors and emotions are working well after a policeman shot several times at the intersection of rural areas in Pelham, Onta, after the city's mayor.

"There are a lot of questions, but there's a lot of emotion behind them," said Dave Augustyn. "I just hope they can get to the bottom and figure it out and provide healing, which will have ripple effects."

Mostly rural Pelham is southwest of St. Catharines.

Ontario Special Investigation Division (SIU) released more information on Friday, including the fact that only one officer released his weapon and shot several times.

The shooter and the victim were among the team at Roland Road and Effingham Street, studying a collision that took place a few days earlier.

"One official freed his firearm several times, and the second official was beaten up," said SIU's press release. "A prisoner was taken to a hospital where he was in a stable position."

What will lead to people who serve and protect themselves to turn themselves on.– Dave Augustin, Mayor of Pelham

The release did not indicate how much the victim was hit.

SIU says that it does not disclose the identity of its officials according to its policy during the investigation. But the Niagara police say the victim has 28 years of experience and has a unified patrolling in Welland and Pelham.

Investigators work on Roland Road Square and Fellingham Street in Pelham. (Samantha Crags / CBC)

According to the SIU, there are 12 witnesses in the incident, including the person who was admitted.

It will not reveal the identity of these officials in accordance with its policy while the investigation is being conducted. It also did not reveal what led to the shooting or any specific relationship between the two men.

"Understanding what has happened and the relationship between officers is part of the SIE investigation," said spokeswoman Monika Hudon on Thursday.

The Union supports both officers

Augustyns said there's a lot of rumors about what happened.

"Our community is that this is often not the case for this kind of thing," he said. "The Community really is just a matter of what has happened and which will lead to those who serve and protect themselves to turn themselves on."

At the same time, the Niagara Regional Police Association has heard from police services across the country, said President Cliff Priest. His association supports both officials and their families.

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

No arrest

He said that this support involves offering advice, transport or just listening.

Bryan MacCulloch, Chief of Police in the Niagara Region, said he had asked the Ontario Provincial Police to determine if any criminal misconduct was outside the scope of the SIU, but said that arrest had not been carried out.

"Days and weeks ahead will be a test of those NRPs for the family and society we serve," he said. "I ask for your support for our members and all involved."

Kevin Bryan, a retired York police detective and police instructor at Seneca College, says that conflicts between officials are not unusual, he has never seen an incident, for example, this week.

He said that one policeman was retired at another time when he was in charge, and in the daylight is simply shocking.

"To get it done, wow"

"I have seen a lack of faith in the work between officials and spouses of officials, where one official is with another partner," said Bjian.

There will be some choices and stuff like that.– Kevin Bryan, Police Instructor

"I know of cases when someone is squeezed in the face and the like, over unbelief or perceived disbelief. But I have never seen where it is in an attack, and it's also an obligation.

"I have seen that a policeman brings a second officer with a shirt collar and pushes them against a closet where one official does not like the other … but that's what I have to see, wow."

And just like shooting affects the public, it also struck the service.

"There will be some choices and things to do," Bryan said

"There will be guys who may have thought that the guy deserves to be shot and there will be guys who hated [shooter]. "

Bryans said that, of course, NRP's top-notch workers are struggling today to make sure people know there is a persecution between these two officials.

Bryans said that, although the situation is very unusual, police unions have been handling situations in which they support conflict officials.

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

Michael Kempa, Head of the Criminology Department at the University of Cincinnati, told CBC News that in this case the official will not be charged until the investigation is completed, which is the opposite, as would normally have been the case for the public.

"I think the public would be surprised that the regular police officer should know that the default will not start with a fee, because we will from the beginning assume that it is possible that the firearm is prudent and then we will investigate and if we find something wrong, then we will charge … for a member of society, that is the opposite, "said Kempa.

But as a civilian, he said: "We said OK, a gun was kicked out, it's probably unreasonable, we charge a fee, and then we will see if we have enough to ensure confidence."


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