NEWS
06/22/2011 01:50 EDT | Updated 08/22/2011 05:12 EDT

Police Officer Shot In Lindsay, Ontario

CBC

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- LINDSAY, Ont. - A police officer from the central Ontario community of Peterborough is expected to recover after he was shot Wednesday morning while executing a drug warrant in an incident in which another man was shot and killed.

Peterborough police Staff Sgt. Dan Smith says the officer is in stable condition at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital.

"It's just one of the things in policing that we have to deal with on a daily basis unfortunately, but fortunately our officer should recover," Smith said outside the downtown hospital.

The shooting happened at around 11:20 a.m. as Kawartha Lakes police and Peterborough Lakefield Police Service were conducting a criminal investigation at an apartment on Georgian Street, near Melbourne Street.

Five people have been taken into custody and the coroner has been called in.

The male officer, whose name has not been released, was airlifted from Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay to Toronto's downtown island airport, a trip of about 130 kilometres. Ornge air ambulance service spokesman Gannon Loftus says the man flown to Toronto was in his late 30s.

Toronto police escorted the ambulance carrying the officer to the downtown hospital soon after. A woman who appeared distraught and is believed to be the officer's wife went into the emergency department.

The Special Investigations Unit, the civilian agency that looks into police incidents involving a death, has a team of 10 investigators to probe the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The residential area around the scene of the shooting has been cordoned off and police say there is no threat to the public.

But residents were still being ordered to stay in their homes as of mid-afternoon as police and SIU continued their investigation.

The people in the home where the shooting took place had been living there for just over a month, said one neighbour, who added she thought the home had been rented out.

"They weren't there long of us for any of us to get to know them really," said the neighbour, adding that there was "a lot of weird activity that went on there."

The neighbour, who didn't want to be identified, said there had been a lot of people coming and going on bicycles and motorcycles.

Another neighbour said she heard some of the commotion this morning.

"The only thing I heard was a big loud boom and I didn't know what it was until I saw the neighbours standing around," said neighbour Bonnie Collins, 57.