From the National Post, July 16, 2020
Author: Devika Desai
Police said they responded to a call at a Valu-Mart in Minden, Ontario where a man allegedly an assaulted an employee who was handing out free masks at the store’s entrance.
Easton Valu-Mart in Minden, Ontario is pictured in this screenshot. On Wednesday Morning, a man allegedly assaulted an employee after being asked to wear a mask in the store. Screenshot/Google Images
Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit is investigating after an unidentified 73-year-old man was fatally shot in Haliburton County on Wednesday morning. In a news release, the SIU said provincial police responded to a call at a Valu-Mart in Minden, Ont., where the man had allegedly assaulted an employee after refusing to wear a mask to enter the store.
Linda Easton, the owner of the store, told the Minden Times that the man started “pounding” on her employee after he offered the man a free mask at the store entrance. “The guy just didn’t want to wear a mask”, Easton said. She explained that her staff attempted to escort the man out of the store. Once the man got into his car, he [allegedly] attempted to run down a store employee and seemed to crash into the side of the store, before driving on to the highway. “He was speeding away and hit a truck, turning it sideways,” Easton said.
OPP Sgt. Jason Folz confirmed in a telephone interview with the National Post that the man had attempted to swerve his car into an employee, but Folz said he did not see any damage to the store and did not know whether a truck had been struck and overturned. Police attempted to stop the man during a vehicular pursuit, Floz said, but “when it was clear that he wasn’t going to stop”, they discontinued the attempt, citing public safety concerns.
Based on the man’s licence plate, officers made their way to an address on Indian Point Road near Drag Lake, Ont., which was the man’s residence, Folz confirmed.
Outside the home, an “interaction” followed in which two officers discharged their firearms.“The man was struck,” the news release states, although it’s unclear who fired the first shot and whether the officers fatally shot the man. He was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m., the SIU stated. Investigators are still attempting to locate the man’s next-of-kin.
Residents in the neighbouring area were asked to stay inside their homes and keep doors locked, although they were not initially told why.
In a community Facebook group, several people described seeing police cars, cruisers, and “police with machine gun” in their area. Folz told the CBC that after the first shots were fired, “additional resources” were brought to the area near Eagle Lake.
The SIU has assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to the case. An update to the news release added that a post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow.
Officers collected a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol at the scene. The firearms of the officers involved were also taken.
Ivana Yelich, spokesperson for the Premier’s office said that “as the specific incident … is the subject of an SIU investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment.”
July 16 Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Haliburton County.
Reproduced by Henri Thibodeau Henri’s Web Space, with some minor editing & corrections
This passed as a mere footnote in the Canadian MSM. No public outrage, no manifestation, no follow up that I can find. Last update July 16 on the SIU’s website. I guess this gruesome event did not serve anyone’s agenda…
Missing some information from this story… (but that’s not surprising)
But having said that…
If someone doesn’t want to wear a mask – just don’t wear it. No need to get violent.
I would just refuse to do business with them.
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