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.
Const. Keith Calderwood is in stable condition at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital after being airlifted from Lindsay, Ont., where the shooting occurred.
Calderwood, 37, is a seven-year veteran of the Peterborough police force and a father of three.
Peterborough police chief Murray Rodd said he and Calderwood’s wife were able to speak to the officer before he was airlifted to Toronto from Lindsay, Ont., where the incident occurred.
“This was a bad day for our service,” Rodd said at a news conference in Lindsay. “We’re very thankful our member is in stable condition.”
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.
Calderwood was airlifted from Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay to Toronto’s downtown island airport, a trip of about 130 kilometres.
Toronto police escorted the ambulance carrying Calderwood to the downtown hospital soon after. A woman who appeared distraught and is believed to be Calderwood’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 enough 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.
Rodd said Calderwood is active in the community, volunteering as a Big Brother and participating in the Pedal for Hope cycling tour, which raises money for kids with cancer.
“He’s very family, very community oriented,” said Rodd. “He’s there to help anytime he’s called upon.”