Police officer and one other person dead in shooting in Lac-Simon
Published Sunday, February 14, 2016 12:43PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 14, 2016 7:39PM EST
LAC-SIMON , Que. - Quebec's provincial police say that a police officer from a local force was fatally shot in the line of duty Saturday night in Lac-Simon, roughly 500 kilometres northwest of Montreal.
Surete du Quebec spokesperson Benoit Coutu identified the officer as 26-year-old Thierry Leroux, who had been a police officer for six months.
Police say it happened when Leroux and his partner responded to a domestic call at 10:30 p.m.
Leroux was transpored to Val-d'Or hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Another person, who the SQ identified as 22-year-old Joseph Anthony Raymond Papatie, was pronounced dead inside, and police say that they believe that person may have shot himself.
A post on Papatie's Facebook page contains an apology and the words "I killed a police."
Investigators say that officers did not return fire.
Provincial police are conducting an independent investigation into the incident.
Condolences to Leroux's family have poured in from members of the Quebec government and from police across Canada.
Mes pensées sont avec la famille et les proches du jeune policier, Thierry Leroux, tué en Abitibi.https://t.co/2RoxGe38dZ— François Legault (@francoislegault) February 14, 2016
Lac-Simon: mes condoléances aux familles et aux proches des victimes. @MNAgeoffkelley est en contact avec les dirigeants de la communauté.— Philippe Couillard (@phcouillard) February 14, 2016
Nos pensées sont avec la famille, les proches et les collègues du policier Thierry Leroux. Toutes mes condoléances.— Pierre Karl Péladeau (@PKP_Qc) February 14, 2016
Thoughts of all @saintjohnpolice members are with Lac-Simon Cst.Thierry Leroux's family, friends & colleagues as we mourn his tragic murder.— John Bates (@ChiefBates) February 14, 2016
-With files from The Canadian Press and Energie Val d'Or