Durham Police Shoots Suspected Driver of Stolen Hearse

A recent incident led Durham Regional Police to a criminal encounter on Boxing Day, when a man in a stolen hearse was shot for breaking and entering a funeral home. According to the police officers, the suspect was spotted entering the area of King St. E. and Charles St. around 1:20 a.m. An officer explained that “the man entered a business in this area and police set up outside the building.”

Almost an hour later, the suspected man drove out in a hearse with full speed rupturing past garage door at the rear of the business, the McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam funeral home. The Officers had already set up a parameter and were already waiting for the suspect, when he left the south parking lot onto Bond St. E. Policemen stated that “at approximately 2:20 a.m. the man drove a vehicle out of the business and he was shot following an interaction with the police.” After the shooting, the hearse hit a concrete barrier and stopped on the sidewalk of Bond, near the Durham Region Courthouse. The windshield showed bullet holes for three gunshots, along with blood outside the driver’s side door. The wounded suspect was quickly shifted to a nearby hospital, though police claims there were no life-threatening injuries.

The area was cordoned off as police gathered evidence on Wednesday morning. The Investigators from Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, the provincial police watchdog which probes any injury or death involving police, claims that “the SIU has assigned six investigators and five forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.”

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