John Van Dyke, the acting chief of the South Simcoe Police, identified the two officers killed in a shooting in Innisfil, Ont. as 33-year old Const. Devon Northrup and 54-year-old Const. Morgan Russell.
The identities of the two police officers who were killed on Tuesday night in Innisfil, Ontario, which is located to the north of Toronto, during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect inside a home have been revealed.
During a press conference that took place on Wednesday afternoon, Police Chief John Van Dyke made the official announcement that the officers who had been killed were Const. Devon Northrup, 33, and Const. Morgan Russell, 54.
According to him, Northrup had worked for the South Simcoe Police Department for a period of six years, whereas Russell had 33 years of experience working for the department.
“This is a devastating time for our police service, the families impacted, our emergency services employees, and our communities,” said the police chief. According to Van Dyke, our first priority is to offer support to our members and the families of those who have passed away.
Earlier reports from the authorities stated that the two cops were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at a residence located in the vicinity of 25th Sideroad and 9th Line at around 7:30 p.m.
According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), a 23-year-old male and two officers engaged in a gunfight in which shots were fired by all parties involved.
The SIU reported that the suspect was found to be deceased at the scene of the incident.
An emergency run took one officer to a hospital in Barrie. Police say the officer died in the hospital.
Police said in a statement released Wednesday morning that the second officer was flown to a Toronto trauma center in critical condition but has since died from his injuries.
The SIU is looking into the case, which has been given to six investigators and three forensic investigators.
In addition, the York Regional Police are carrying out their own inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of the police officers.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is responsible for conducting investigations into the actions of officials that may have led to a person’s death, serious injury, sexual assault, or the discharging of a firearm at that person.