Four investigators – one being a forensic investigator – have been dispatched by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to Cornwall, following an incident which took place early morning Tuesday.
The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency which investigates incidents involving police officers where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. The unit is independent of the police and is at arm’s length to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
According to information provided by the SIU, Cornwall Police Service (CPS) officers responded to a report of a man in distress in the area of Brookdale Avenue and First Street West, at about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
“Officers located the man who was in possession of a sharp object,” explained Monica Hudon, communication co-ordinator for the SIU, in an email to the Standard-Freeholder. “There was an interaction. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries to his neck.
“He has since been airlifted to a hospital in Ottawa.”
Police and the SIU had cordoned off an area at the south end of the Four Seasons Car Wash near Brookdale Avenue and Fifth Street with police tape. No one was able to provide any information or context as to how the call moved from Brookdale and First to the area that was cordoned off.
A spokesperson for the CPS declined to comment, citing the investigation by the SIU is ongoing.
Once the SIU has completed its on-scene investigation, it will decide whether there is a need to proceed with any charges against the officers involved and release a report with details on the incident and the rationale for its decision.