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Police officer hit by ricochet after shooting at allegedly stolen vehicle, SIU investigates

Ontario’s police watchdog says it is investigating after an officer in Port Hope was struck by a ricochet bullet she fired while trying to apprehend the driver of an allegedly stolen pickup truck.

The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday in the lot of a McDonald’s on Rose Glen Road, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said in a news release. 

According to separate statement posted to Facebook by the Port Hope Police Service, officers on patrol received a call about the black pickup truck in the drive-thru. 

“Upon arrival, the officers attempted to make contact with the driver. As a result, one of our officers was injured and transported to Northumberland Hills Hospital,” the statement said, adding she was released a short time later. It did not specify how the officer was hurt.

“We are extremely fortunate and appreciative that our officer will recover from her injuries,” it continued.

The 30-year-old driver of the truck left the scene but was located and arrested Monday morning, the SIU said. It did not say what charges he may face.

The SIU is called to investigate when civilians are killed or seriously injured in interactions with police, or when an officer has fired their gun. 

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