‘Ottawa’ Police Fire Shots During Incident on Highway 401 west of Brockville
Provincial police officers used a spike belt, then a rolling block before stopping a vehicle on Highway 401 west of Brockville Thursday night, an incident in which police fired shots.
Details remained scarce Thursday night, but police confirmed no one was seriously injured and two men were in custody.
As of 10 p.m., westbound traffic was still being rerouted through Brockville at the Stewart Boulevard exit.
Initial reports circulating on social media that police officers were shot at were incorrect, said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Janice Sawbridge.
“No shots were fired at police, however police did fire shots but no one was injured,” said Sawbridge.
The trouble started with a driving complaint around 5 p.m., then escalated into a police pursuit, said Sawbridge.
Police deployed a spike belt in their attempt to stop the suspect driver, she said.
“My understanding was that was not effective in slowing down the vehicle,” added Sawbridge.
“Officers used a rolling block, so more than one cruiser to box out the vehicle.”
Police ultimately stopped the vehicle east of the Long Beach exit to County Road 2.
OPP initially reported a male and female suspect were arrested at the scene, but Sawbridge later corrected that to two males.
She was not sure at what point the shots were fired.
One of the suspects suffered a minor, self-inflicted injury after the arrest, she said.
Police closed the westbound 401 to traffic around 6:20 p.m. while officers were collecting evidence from the scene. Westbound traffic was being detoured off the 401 between Stewart Boulevard and Long Beach Road.
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