Rumors and emotions were heightened after a police officer fired several times at a rural crossing in Pelham, Ontario, according to the mayor of the city.
"There are many questions, but there are many emotions behind those questions," Dave Augustyn said. "I just hope they can get to this bottom and think about this and provide healing. This will have a ripple effect."
Pelham, which is mostly inhabited in the southwest of St. Catharines.
The Ontario Special Investigation Unit (SIU) released more details on Friday, including that only one officer fired his weapon, and fired several times.
Gunmen and victims were among a group of officers in the Roland Road and Effingham Street areas who were investigating a collision that occurred several days earlier.
"An officer fired a firearm repeatedly, and other officers were beaten," said the SIU news broadcast. "The beaten officer was transported to a hospital where he was in stable condition."
What will cause individuals who serve and protect to activate themselves.– Dave Augustyn, mayor of Pelham
The release did not indicate how many times the victim was beaten.
SIU said it would not disclose the identity of officers according to its policies while the investigation was underway. But the Niagara police said the injured officer had 28 years of experience and was assigned to patrol uniforms in Welland and Pelham.
There were 12 witness officers for what happened, including those who were shot, according to SIU.
This will not reveal the officer's identity according to his policy while the investigation is ongoing. It also has not revealed what caused the shooting or specific relationship between the two people.
"Understanding what happened and the relationship between officers was part of the SIU investigation," spokesman Monica Hudon said Thursday.
The union supported the two officers
Augustyn said there were many rumors circulating about what happened.
"Our community is a place where things like this don't happen often," he said. "People really just want to know what happened, and what will cause individuals who serve and protect to activate themselves."
The Niagara County Police Association, meanwhile, has heard from police services across the country, said president Cliff Priest. His association supports both officers and their families.
"When they heard about a traumatic incident involving police officers, it had a traumatic effect," he said. "This is our family. When one of our families gets sick, we are all injured."
There are no arrests
That support, he said, included offering counseling, transportation or just listening.
Niagara County Police Chief Bryan MacCulloch said he had asked the Ontario Provincial Police to determine whether there was a criminal error outside the scope of SIU, but said no arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.
"The coming days and weeks will try for the NRPS family and the communities we serve," he said. "I request your support for our members and all involved."
Kevin Bryan, a police detective and York police instructor who has retired at Seneca College, said that the conflict between officers was unusual, he had never seen an incident like what happened this week.
To have one police officer shoot another while on duty and in broad daylight is just shocking, he said.
'For that to come to this, wow & # 39;
"I have seen an affair with work between officers and officers' husbands, where one officer is with another's partner," Bryan said.
There will be some who choose and things like that.– Kevin Bryan, police instructor
"I know about incidents where someone has been punched in the face and things like that, more than the affair or affair that was felt. But I have never seen it where it came to shots – and served too.
"I have seen an officer take another officer with a shirt collar and push them into a locker where one officer doesn't like the other … but for that come here, wow."
And just as the shooting had an impact on the community, it would ripen through services too.
"There will be some who choose and things like that," Bryan said
"There will be people who might think that person deserves to be shot, and there will be people who hate [shooter]. "
Bryan said that there was no doubt that NRPS officials were investigating the situation today to see if people were aware of the concern between the two officers.
Bryan said, while the situation was very unusual, the police union had handled a situation where they supported the conflicting officers.
"That can happen. This is strange, but you only get them their own lawyer."
Michael Kempa, chair of the criminology department at the University of Ottawa, told CBC News that in a case like this, an officer would not be charged until the investigation is complete, which is the opposite of how generally going for community members.
"I think the public will be surprised to learn that for an ordinary police officer, the standard will not start with accusations, because we will assume at first that maybe the release of weapons is reasonable, and then we will investigate and if we find something wrong, we then it will set costs … for community members, that's the opposite, "Kempa said.
But for a civilian, he said, "we said OK, the firearms were gone, that might not make sense, we would put down the accusations and then we would see if we had enough to secure confidence."