Police chief anxious for answers
Const. Nathan Parker was shot during an altercation with another officer THESTAR. COM/ GTA
He may be the top cop, but Niagara Regional Police Chief Bryan Macculloch says he doesn’t know any more than the public about why one of his officers shot another last Thursday afternoon in Pelham.
“I understand the frustration of the public, and of our members. I am as anxious as anyone to learn exactly what happened,” Macculloch said in an interview Monday. “But right now, we are not involved in the investigation.”
The provincial Special Investigations Unit is looking into the shooting of Const. Nathan Parker, who police sources said was shot at least five times during an altercation with another officer while investigating a crash that had taken place two weeks earlier.
The SIU — which investigates all incidents of serious injury or death involving police in Ontario — places a virtual blackout on information when doing an investigation. The service under investigation cannot speak about the incident.
Macculloch has spoken to both Parker and Det.- Sgt.
MORE ON THIS CASE AT Shane Donovan, the other officer involved. He said the incident has rattled the entire police service and left both civilian and uniformed members with more questions than answers.
“What I have said to them is, ‘Trust in the investigative process,’” Macculloch said. “At the end of the day, that process will win out.”
That process also involves the Ontario Provincial Police, who Macculloch asked to run a parallel investigation into the shooting.
He said he asked the OPP to bring a “fresh set of eyes” to the case, because a police service can expand an investigation beyond the more narrow scope of an SIU probe.
In the meantime, Macculloch said an internal NRP “wellness unit” — which includes an occupational health and safety nurse and access to mental health services — is assisting officers and staff impacted by the incident.
“It’s upsetting to the community and it’s upsetting to the members of our service,” the chief said.
Parker, who remains in hospital in stable condition, was shot at the scene of the followup investigation for an impaired driving case.
Donovan is on administrative leave during the SIU investigation.
Niagara Regional Police Chief Bryan Macculloch says he is “as anxious as anyone to learn exactly what happened”.