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Weapons - Officer Involved Shooting - Update

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017
Update May 18, 2017

On October 10th 2015, at approximately 7:00p.m., uniform officers from the 3 District Welland office of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to 704 Canboro Road in Fenwick for reports of a despondent man.
Officers arrived on-scene and encountered the man in the hallway of the multi-unit building.  The man quickly barricaded himself in his apartment.  The officers began to evacuate the other apartments as there was fear the man may have a gun.
While the officers negotiated with the man he came out of his apartment and fired multiple shots from a gun striking two NRPS officers.   Other NRPS officers fearing for the lives of their colleagues returned fire, striking and incapacitating the man.

The man was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. 

At the time of the shooting Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) had invoked their mandate to conduct an investigation. The SIU concluded their investigation on July 18, 2016.

On May 18th 2017, Corey Aaron RICHARDSON (29 years old of Port Colborne) was arrested by detectives from the NRPS Homicide Unit for the alleged offences of:

- Attempt Murder using a Firearm s. 239(1)(a.1) CC (2 Counts)
- Point Firearm s. 87(1) CC
- Possession of Prohibited Weapon s. 91(1) CC
- Careless Storage of Firearm s. 86(1) CC
- Careless Storage of Restricted Weapon s. 86(1) CC
- Possession of Prohibited Device s. 91(2) CC

Richardson continues to undergo medical care.  On May 18, 2017 he participated in a video Bail Hearing.

Original Release October 11, 2015

Shortly after 7:30pm on Saturday October 10, 2015, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service responded to a call at 704 Canboro Road in the Town of Pelham. While inside the apartment complex, a male exited his room and shot at officers, injuring two. The officers were transported to a nearby hospital, treated for their injuries and released.

Constable Neal Ridley, an eight year member of the Niagara Regional Police Service and recipient of awards in 2013 and 2014 for his commitment to safer communities through his role as a School Resource Officer was shot and is recovering at home with his family.

Constable Jake Braun, a five year member of the Niagara Regional Police Service and recipient of the Ontario Police College student of the year award (2011) was also shot and recovering at home with his family.

Both officers are assigned to the same platoon and work out of the Welland detachment.

Chief McGuire had an opportunity to meet with the officers and their families, "I am incredibly proud of the courage and professionalism of these officers as well as everyone else who had a part to play in the event and the follow up. Included in this group are the rest of the responding officers, our dispatchers, the Crisis team our Emergency Services Partners and the medical staff."

The officers and their families, along with the members of the Niagara Regional Police Service would like to thank the public and many partner agencies that have sent best wishes and support for our officers.

Incident Number: 2015-88111
Submitted By: Philip Gavin
Approved By: Philip Gavin

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