KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha 411 News has learned a Kawartha Lakes Police Service officer died at the police station in Lindsay Friday.
Details and events surrounding the death are not known at this time but sources say the officer died at the station on Victoria Avenue.
Kawartha Lakes Police Service issued the following statement on Saturday morning:
“Mike was an extremely dedicated officer who served his community with professionalism and compassion,” said Chief Mark Mitchell. “His death is heartbreaking for all of us. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones and we will continue supporting them through this tragic time.”
Supports are also being made available to members of the Service.
At the request of the Kawartha Lakes Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigations Branch will be conducting the death investigation along with the Coroners’ office.
At this time, Mike’s family has requested privacy while they are grieving the loss of their loved one.”
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been notified and will decide if it meets its mandate. The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians.
Our condolences to Mike’s family, friends and colleagues.