Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a Port Hope police officer was injured while responding to a report of a stolen pickup truck late Sunday afternoon (July 30).
At 4:57 p.m. on Sunday, officers on general patrol received a call about a stolen truck in the drive-thru at the McDonalds at 175 Rose Glen Road North in Port Hope.
During an attempt to prevent the truck from leaving, one of the officers shot at the vehicle and was struck by a ricochet. The injured officer was transported to Northumberland Hills Hospital, where she was treated and released.
“We are extremely fortunate and appreciative that our officer will recover from her injuries,” reads a media release from Port Hope police.
The male driver fled in the stolen pickup truck. According to police, the driver and truck have been involved in several pursuits with police earlier in the week.
Although the Northumberland Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is leading the investigation, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked its mandate and all further details will be released by the SIU.
The SIU is investigating after a @PortHopePolice officer shot a firearm at a vehicle believed to be stolen.
– Officer was struck by ricochet.
– A man fled in the vehicle.
– Occurred at about 5 pm at McDonalds on Rose Glen Road.
More details to follow in the morning.
— Special Investigations Unit (@SIUOntario) July 31, 2023
The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency, independent of the police, that conducts criminal investigations into circumstances involving police and civilians that have resulted in serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault.
Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Northumberland OPP arrested the 30-year-old driver of the stolen pickup truck.
Jordan Denny of Cobourg has been charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, flight from police, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
The accused man remains in custody pending a bail hearing.
This story has been updated with information about the arrest of a suspect.