The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has charged a Niagara Regional police detective after he allegedly shot a fellow officer during a fight in Pelham, about 20 kilometres west of Niagara Falls, last November.
In a release, the SIU said officers were in the area of Effingham Street and Roland Road on November 29, 2018 investigating a crash that had occurred a few days before.
“Around noon, two of the officers became involved in an altercation. The subject officer discharged his firearm multiple times, and the other officer was struck. The officer who was struck suffered serious injuries,” the SIU said.
Detective Shane Donovan has been charged with one count each of attempt murder, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon.
He’s scheduled to appear in court on April 18, 2019.
Following the shooting the officer was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but his condition improved and he was discharged from hospital about two weeks later.
Niagara Regional Police Chief Bryan MacCulloch released a statement after learning of the SIU charges.
“There is little doubt that this incident has had a tremendous impact on our community and our members,” he said. “At this time, we must respect the judicial process and allow this matter to continue to unfold before the courts.
“It is important to note that this is an isolated incident; I ask for your continued support of our members and all of those involved.”
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.