Authorities in Canada have confirmed that a police officer was shot and killed on Tuesday while responding to a traffic collision around 100 kilometres south of Toronto.
Commissioner Thomas Carrique said on Twitter, “It is with an extremely heavy heart that I regretfully advise that (Ontario Provincial Police) Provincial Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala was killed today while courageously serving in the line of duty.”
The provincial police of southern Ontario stated that Pierzchala “was investigating a motor vehicle collision when he was shot and died this afternoon” in the small hamlet of Hagersville.
The cop had been working for the department for over a year and was 28 years old. He was shot and later died in the hospital.
At a press conference, police said that they had apprehended two suspects.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sorrow at the “heartbreaking news” on Tuesday night.
Canada has seen more gun violence in recent years while having fewer shootings than the United States.
As a direct response to the shootings, on October 21, 2022, the government instituted a ban on selling, acquiring, and transferring handguns.