Ontario Provincial Police say an officer has been shot and killed while on duty near Hagersville, Ont., in an incident that prompted an emergency alert, which has since been lifted.
OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique says in a tweet that Const. Grzegorz Pierzchala was killed on Tuesday while serving in the line of duty.
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I regretfully advise that #OPP Provincial Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala was killed today while courageously serving in the line of duty. Our hearts are with his loved ones and all OPP members at this tragic time. #HeroesInLife pic.twitter.com/Chg9RKiYTt
— Thomas Carrique (@OPPCommissioner) December 28, 2022
Haldimand County OPP say in a video posted to Twitter that an officer was shot while responding to a vehicle in a ditch in the county at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday.
He says a male and female were seen fleeing from the scene.
An emergency alert that has now been cancelled was issued at 5:45 p.m. advising all area residents to remain where they are as the suspect is believed to be armed.
The alert said they were searching for 25-year-old Randall McKenzie in a 2021 black Chevrolet pickup truck.
“Our hearts go out to the officer’s family, his OPP colleagues, and all first responders impacted by this horrific event,” said Haldimand County Mayor Shelley Bentley in a statement.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Haldimand County OPP or Crime Stoppers.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 27, 2022.