West Nipissing Police, OPP called to Leblanc Road area around 8 p.m. Sunday
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said in a release Monday morning they are investigating the incident.
According to the SIU, a woman called 911 shortly after 8:00 p.m., saying she heard shots fired on her property on Leblanc Road.
West Nipissing Police and the Ontario Provincial Police responded to the call, and upon their arrival there was an “interaction between police officers and man,” the SIU said.
The man fled into a wooded area, and was located deceased around 2:00 a.m. Police said he had suffered a gunshot wound.
Police have not yet named the deceased.
The SIU becomes involved in an investigation when police officers are somehow involved in incidents where someone has been seriously injured, dies or alleges sexual assault.
The OPP had Highway 17 closed, between Drive In Road and Leblanc Road, for more than five hours overnight, but it reopened around 4:30 a.m. Monday.
At this time, five investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website. www.siu.on.ca/en/news_template.php?nrid=4152