Cops shoot ‘sweetheart’ neighbour

(TORONTO SUN)   ELMVALE — This small community northwest of Barrie was in shock last night after a “beloved” neighbour, a mentally challenged man, was shot several times by police.

His condition was not known after what neighbours said was a hail of five shots.

Doug Minty, who is between 50 and 55, was shot by police in the driveway of his Lawson Ave. home just after 8:15 p.m., residents said.

Details were sketchy, but neighbours said police opened fire because Minty was carrying something in his hands as he walked down the driveway. An officer yelled “Stop! Stop! Stop!” before the shots rang out.

A woman who was identified as Minty’s sister pulled up in a car, rushed out, and ran to the scene.

The small community, with a population of 1,700, is policed by the OPP’s Huronia West detachment.

Stunned neighbours, some of whom frantically tried to perform CPR on Minty, could only say good things about him.

Many of them stood shaking their heads, while others remarked the shots sounded like firecrackers.

Minty was rushed to a nearby hospital.

“He was just a sweetheart,” Marilyn Beardsall said.

“He would help everybody, he would help bring your garbage out, help with groceries, he was always helping people with little chores.”

“I talked to four different eye witnesses and it was definitely the police who opened fire on him,” Beardsall added.

In addition to the OPP, investigators with the province’s Special Investigations Unit were also on scene.

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

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/06/23/9894726-sun.html

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