A 73-year-old man is dead in police-involved shooting after he refused to wear a mask in an Ontario grocery store.
The shooting occurred Wednesday morning, after police were called to a Minden Valu-Mart after the senior citizen refused to comply with the region’s new mandatory mask rules. The man argued with Valu-mart staff before allegedly assaulted an employee and driving off in his car.
Police followed the man, however, they did not stop him, “in the interest of public safety.”
Two Officers Fired Guns Outside Man's Home
Ontario’s Special Investigation’s Unit (SIU) is now investigating.
The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency, independent of the police, with the power to both investigate and charge police officers with a criminal offense.
SIU told CBC that officers used the man’s license plate to trace him to his home, near Haliburton, 215 km from Toronto. Outside the home, according to the SIU, there was an “interaction” and two police officers fired their guns. The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 am.
Masks Mandatory in Grocery Stores
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has made masks in grocery stores and indoor public spaces mandatory. The local “Use of Non-Medical Masks in Commercial Establishments” regulation took effect on 12:01 am on Monday, July 13.
Businesses are tasked with enforcing the new rule.
CBC News spoke to Tianna Frances, an employee at the Valu-Mart about the new mask law:
She said workers should not have to enforce the law. “It's causing chaos,” she said.
“If we didn't have to force him and ... tell him that he couldn't come into the store, nothing would have happened, really. He would have got his groceries and went along with his day.”