WEAPONS DRAWN

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - DALSON CHEN AND DAVE WADDELL dwad­dell@post­media.com dchen@post­media.com

Mem­bers of Wind­sor po­lice’s emer­gency ser­vices unit ap­proach the front of a house in the 1500 block of Betts Av­enue Friday af­ter­noon. The stand­off was linked to a shoot­ing in the early-morn­ing hours at a res­i­dence in Amher­st­burg. A man lo­cated in­side the Betts res­i­dence was found dead.

One per­son is dead and a 31-yearold man is in a Detroit-area hos­pi­tal in sta­ble con­di­tion with a gun­shot wound af­ter a shoot­ing in the early hours of Friday morn­ing.

The chain of events be­gan about 2:30 a.m. when Amher­st­burg po­lice re­sponded to an in­ci­dent in the 100 block of Sand­wich Street. An Amher­st­burg man was found shot and rushed to hos­pi­tal in Wind­sor be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to a Detroit hos­pi­tal.

In Wind­sor, around noon, Amher­st­burg po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the Wind­sor po­lice emer­gency ser­vices unit sur­rounded a res­i­dence in the 1500 block of Betts Av­enue. In­ves­ti­ga­tors had de­ter­mined that a male wanted in re­la­tion to the shoot­ing was be­lieved to be in the res­i­dence.

The two po­lice ser­vices se­cured the lo­ca­tion and in­formed lo­cal school boards and the pub­lic that the tar­get res­i­dence was con­tained and there was no threat to pub­lic safety.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic were asked to avoid the area.

Around 2 p.m., af­ter mak­ing re­peated at­tempts to com­mu­ni­cate with the in­di­vid­ual be­ing sought, tac­ti­cal of­fi­cers drew their weapons and en­tered an un­at­tached garage at the ad­dress.

In­side the garage, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered a de­ceased male.

Betts Av­enue was still closed as of 5 p.m. Friday, and po­lice said it would re­main so un­til fur­ther no­tice as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued.

West-end res­i­dent Travis Reitsma said he was bik­ing home when he was con­fronted by the sight of po­lice of­fi­cers cor­don­ing off the neigh­bour­hood. “They’ve been stand­ing around with as­sault ri­fles and en­cour­ag­ing the per­son in­side the house to come out.”

The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit is look­ing into the mat­ter. The civil­ian agency, which op­er­ates in­de­pen­dently from po­lice, in­ves­ti­gates cir­cum­stances in­volv­ing po­lice and civil­ians that re­sult in se­ri­ous in­jury or death.

SIU has in­voked its man­date and as such, the Wind­sor Po­lice Ser­vice said it was not in a po­si­tion to re­lease any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at this time.

Ear­lier Friday, Amher­st­burg po­lice had shut down Sand­wich Street be­tween Texas Road and St. Ar­naud Street to ex­am­ine the scene of the shoot­ing.

Sev­eral houses in an area just north of Grant Av­enue were taped off. Sand­wich Street was fi­nally re­opened to mo­torists around 1:30 p.m., but a sec­tion of Grant Av­enue re­mained closed.

De­spite nine hours of street clo­sures, Amher­st­burg po­lice stated there were no pub­lic safety con­cerns in re­la­tion to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Any­one who wit­nessed the shoot­ing in­ci­dent or may have in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is en­cour­aged to call Amher­st­burg po­lice at 519-736-3622.

Anony­mous tips can be made via Crime Stop­pers at 519-258-8477 or www.catchcrooks.com.

DAX MELMER

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