Po­lice chief anx­ious for an­swers

Const. Nathan Parker was shot dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with another of­fi­cer THES­TAR. COM/ GTA

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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.

BOB TYMCZYSZYN/THE ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD

Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice Chief Bryan Maccul­loch says he is “as anx­ious as any­one to learn ex­actly what hap­pened”.

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