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Off-duty officer, passenger killed in Mississauga crash

Last Updated Sep 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm EST

A Peel police cruiser blocks the road some distance from a fatal crash in Mississauga on Sept. 9, 2017. CITYNEWS/Jason MacLellan

An off-duty Peel police officer and his passenger were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Mississauga early Saturday morning.

It happened just before 3 a.m. near Lakeshore and Avonhead roads.

Police said the officer, who was driving the car, and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. A third person was taken to a local hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. No names have been released.

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we learn of the death of one of our fellow officers,” said Chief Jennifer Evans.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and both other families impacted by this tragic event. The flags will now fly at half-mast out of respect for our fallen friend.”

Peel police have asked Toronto police to take over the investigation.

“In light of the far-reaching and deeply felt impact this tragedy will have across the Peel Regional Police service, we have requested that Toronto Police Service take the lead in this investigation,” Peel police said in a statement.