The two police officers who were shot and killed responding to a disturbance call in Innisfil, Ont., did not have their guns drawn, the Special Investigations Unit tells Global News.
An SIU spokesperson, Kristy Denette, said the “two officers did not draw their firearms when they were fatally shot.”
Denette did say a third officer was also at the house and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. It is unclear if the officer arrived at the same time or just after the first two officers.
The gun used in the shooting by the suspect was an SKS semi-automatic rifle, Denette said.
All three officers that attended the home were from South Simcoe Police, she said.
On Tuesday, officers had responded to a report of a disturbance at a home in Innisfil at around 7:55 p.m. Two officers were shot at and later died in hospital.
South Simcoe Police released the names of the officers identifying them as Constable Devon Northrup and Constable Morgan Russell.
Const. Russell was 54 years old and was a 33-year member of the service. Const. Northrup was 33 years old and was a six-year member of the service.
The suspect, sources tell Global news, is a 23-year-old man named Chris Doncaster. He was pronounced dead at the home after a confrontation with police.
The SIU has not officially confirmed his identity as the family has not consented its release.
Denette said more information will be known about the suspect’s cause of death following an autopsy being performed on Friday.
The SIU, known as Ontario’s police watchdog, is an independent agency that investigates the conduct of Ontario police officers in serious incidents, including those resulting in death.
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