Officer involved in collision responding to gunshots in Waterloo
Published Saturday, April 20, 2019 11:23AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:05PM EDT
Two men have been injured after being hit by a police cruiser in Waterloo.
Waterloo Regional Police were called to the area of King Street North and Hickory Street in Waterloo around 3 a.m. on Saturday for an altercation involving reported gunshots.
The WRPS alerted the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) after the collision, who have since taken over the investigation.
Four investigators, three forensic investigators, and a collision reconstructionist have been assigned to the incident by the SIU.
According to their report, two men were in the middle of King Street when they were struck by the cruiser.
A 26-year-old was transported to the intensive care unit at Hamilton General Hospital.
A 22-year-old was taken to a Kitchener hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The SIU is urging anyone with information on the investigation to contact them, or upload video evidence through the SIU website.
An eye witness who wouldn’t go on camera showed CTV Kitchener videos he says he took of the scene as it unfolded.
In one video, a fight occurs and one person is lying on the street.
In the second video, the person is laying in a different spot on the street after police arrived.
CTV Kitchener could not independently verify the videos.
On Friday, the University Commons plaza at the intersection of King Street and University Avenue, located just down the street from the incident on Saturday, was also sectioned off for a gun-related incident.
“This is happening where businesses are,” said Oro Salon customer Adela Bucsa. “This is happening where university students are, and the fact that it’s happening so close to home is really scary.”
Police did not give any indication whether the two incidents are connected.
On April 20, 2019, at 3:08 a.m., WRPS responded to King St. N & Hickory St., Waterloo for an altercation involving reported gun shots. An officer was involved in a collision and 2 individuals were injured. The Special Investigations Unit is investigating. The area remains closed. pic.twitter.com/LT9001vv3B— Waterloo Regional Police (@WRPSToday) April 20, 2019
Our safe community is concerned about the disturbing late-night incidents this weekend. Thanks @Chief_BLarkin and the @WRPSToday team for thorough efforts, regular communication and continued investigation efforts. Proud of your team, working to identify the root causes.— Dave Jaworsky (@DaveJaworsky) April 20, 2019