The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a fatal shooting near Bobcaygeon Friday night that police described as “suicide by cop.”
The man was later identified as 50-year-old Jeremy Edward Gerwanski of the Murray River First Nation, according to the Coroner’s Office.
According to a Facebook post on the First Nation, Gerwanski had four children, two of which were adopted. The son of Gerwanski and his former wife wrote that his father was “a good father” and a good man.
“Dear community, we are all grieving with you. It’s been a rough week and today has been no different for our community,” the post read. “We’re trying to start the healing process, so please keep our friend Jeremy in your thoughts.”
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An OPP officer shot and killed Gerwanski around 10:40 p.m. CT Friday following a confrontation at a residence on the James Richardson Highway, the OPP said in a press release. A suspect had attempted to break into the home, according to the OPP.
“As this incident is currently under investigation, we cannot comment further on the details of what took place,” OPP Const. Luc Rivard said in the press release.
A nearby community school was placed on lockdown due to the investigation and did not open on Saturday.
“The Ontario Provincial Police would like to thank the members of the surrounding community, the local RCMP detachment and personnel from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for their assistance during this incident,” the OPP said in the release.
“This incident is now being investigated by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as mandated by the Coroner’s Act. The OPP will co-operate with the Ministry and its investigations and support the inquest process at the conclusion of these investigations.”