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Man shot and killed, SIU investigating after police chase, crash in Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH-A 27 year old man is dead and the the province’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate a Tuesday night incident in Peterborough.

Police say on July 23, 2019 at approximately 8:35 p.m. the Peterborough Police Service observed a stolen vehicle in Millbrook. Police followed the vehicle to the area of The Parkway and Sir Sandford Fleming Drive in Peterborough where a serious collision occurred between the suspect vehicle and another vehicle according to police.

During the interaction with police a male subject in the suspect vehicle suffered a serious gunshot injury and was later pronounced deceased in hospital. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Billy Shea.

Shea was wanted by the OPP’s repeat offender parole enforcement (ROPE) squad for allegedly breaching his statutory release and was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant. He was serving a sentence of just over five years and one month for multiple counts of robbery and vehicle theft.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate and has invoked its mandate.

Preliminary information from the SIU suggests the following:
  • At approximately 10:30 p.m. on July 23, 2019, police officers near Millbrook began to follow a vehicle of interest – being operated by Mr. Shea – on Highway 115.
  • Shortly after, in the area of Highway 115 and The Parkway in Peterborough, the vehicle became involved in a collision with another civilian vehicle.
  • Officers approached, and an interaction ensued between them and Mr. Shea.
  • One officer discharged his firearm and Mr. Shea was struck.
  • He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Six investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. At this time, one subject officer from the Peterborough Police Service (PPS) has been designated. In addition, five officers with the Ontario Provincial Police and seven officers with the PPS have been designated as witness officers.

The area of Hwy 115/Parkway/Sir Sandford Fleming Drive remains closed to traffic for the investigation. The public will be advised when the area re-opens.

The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency, independent of the police, that conducts criminal investigations into circumstances involving police and civilians that have resulted in serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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