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Man shot by OPP officer dies

Ian Shantz

An Elmvale resident neighbours said was a mentally challenged man in his 50s is dead following an OPP shooting last night.

Police were called to 21 Lawson Ave. shortly after 8 p. m. in response to an altercation between a door-to-door salesman and a resident of the home.

Upon arrival at the scene, OPP say one of the men became involved in a direct altercation with police. As a result, an officer discharged his service pistol.

The man was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The officer involved was not injured.

"Upon the arrival of the officer, an altercation took place between the occupant and the officer," OPP Const. Peter Leon said at the scene. "As a result, the officer discharged his service pistol."

Neighbours say the resident shot was Doug Minty, a "very nice, well-liked" man who lived alone with his mother, Evelyn Minty, in the single storey house.

About a dozen Huronia West OPP cruisers took over half a block directly across from Elmvale District High School. The area was cordoned off by police tape and two forensics trucks arrived at 10:30 p. m.

The Special Investigations Unit took control of the scene, and the investigation will be ongoing, Leon said, adding he couldn't comment on the wounded person's condition.

A variety of clothing was strewn along the road, next to the driveway.

Police would not say what prompted the altercations between the wounded resident and the salesman. Two men wearing salesman's clothing with badges waited inside the police tape to be interviewed by officers. One of the men was visibly distraught and declined to speak to the media. They said they were not from the area.

Scott Taylor lives next to 21 Lawson. He said he heard what he thought were fireworks going off, and when he went over to the high school to look into it, he returned to a sea of flashing police lights.

"He's the nicest guy in the world. He shovels my driveway for me," Taylor said, adding the quiet neighbourhood was in shock and disbelief by what happened.

"It shouldn't happen to anybody, especially him," Taylor said.

Several neighbours said they heard four shots go off.

Another neighbour who didn't want to be identified described Minty as a quiet man who always wore a big smile and was always offering to help around the neighbourhood.

"He'd come and do things for us all the time," she said. "He kept close to home all the time."

Another neighbour said Minty cut everyone's lawn along the side street backing off of the town's main street.

"He was a sweetheart. He watched out for our dogs," she said. "He was a kind, kind boy."

The SIU investigates incidents resulting in serious injury, death, or sexual assault that involve civilians and police.

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