Officer Groen Shoots Curtis McDonald Dead
[editor's note, by garlicbobcat] All news reports are conflicting as to whether or not Curtis McDonald had a gun when two Belleville Ontario Police officers unloaded their clips on him. Would there need to be an independent investigation if it were obvious that Curtis McDonald was going to shoot someone, or would they be giving out medals of honour. When the details are being kept secret you know that there is something to hide, there would be nothing to hide if Curtis had a gun in his hand. Lets not forget that Officer Groen, who killed Curtis McDonald, is known ammongst locals as violent, unpredictable and brazen pig!! Curtis McDonald was shot 6-8 times, and locals report that there are bullet holes all over the place in the back alley, along the Moira River, where the pigs shot him dead. After three weeks locals tell me that the deatils are as sketchy now as they were the night of the murder. Now there is a publication ban, what are they hiding?
NEWS REPORTS FROM POLICE MURDER ON JUNE 19th in BELLEVILLE ONTARIO
A police shooting on Friday night in Belleville has left one man dead and an officer injured.
The Special Investigations Unit has been called in to probe the case. The incident happened around 6:30pm when officials arrived at a downtown bar and allegedly began to chase 47-year-old Curtis McDonald, who witnesses say was wanted on a drug-related arrest warrant.
According to a man who was with the victim when he spotted the officers, McDonald took off "because he must have known the cops were looking for him."
Police Chief Wayne Tremble reports that the victim was killed in a parking lot after the pursuit led officers to the scene. Paramedics arrived and performed C.P.R. on the man for several minutes, but to no avail.
People close to the area when the bullets began to fly said McDonald was shot several times in the legs and upper torso. Witnesses also claim he wasn't armed. Authorities haven't verified any of these accounts.
An officer was also injured during the incident but Tremble wouldn't confirm if he suffered from gunshot wounds.
An autopsy on McDonald's body will be performed this weekend.
June 19, 2004
Witnesses had said he wasn't armed, but investigators have now found otherwise. They reported Sunday that a man shot dead by police Friday night in Belleville was indeed brandishing a handgun.
Forty-seven year-old Curtis MacDonald was killed in an altercation with officers in a parking lot in the eastern Ontario community.
The incident happened at about 6:30pm when authorities arrived at a downtown bar. Witnesses say they began chasing MacDonald, who was wanted on a drug-related arrest warrant. The shooting took place a short time later.
The handgun confirmation was made by Kaia Werbus, a spokeswoman for the province's Special Investigations Unit. But she was unable to specify whether a gun was found at the scene. She also couldn't say how the officer who was injured in the incident sustained his wounds. The injuries are believed to be minor.
Deputy Police Chief Wayne Tremble reported on Friday that as many as three officers were involved in the altercation. Upon hearing gunfire, many local businesses emptied during the supper hour as people clamoured for details of the shooting.
Witnesses said the victim sustained several gunshot wounds to his legs and upper mid-section. An ambulance removed his lifeless body from the scene and he was later pronounced dead at Belleville hospital.
June 20, 2004
SIU Investigates Shooting in Belleville
TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned eight investigators, including three forensic identification technicians, to investigate the circumstances surrounding a shooting involving
officers from the Belleville Police Service (BPS).
The SIU was notified that at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Friday June 18, 2004, BPS officers went to the area of Maxwell's Bar on Front Street, where they observed a man with a handgun. A confrontation took place, and the man
was shot. He was taken by ambulance to Belleville General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A post mortem examination will take place at the Coroner's Building in Toronto at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday June 20, 2004. The identity of the deceased has not yet been positively confirmed.
The SIU has designated two subject officers and three witness officers from the BPS. The investigation is continuing.
The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-2150 or 1-800-787-8529.
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director
of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the Attorney General.