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Quebec's police watchdog investigating August crash after injured man dies in care

Quebec's police watchdog is now investigating an August crash between a Gatineau police cruiser and a civilian vehicle after an 81-year-old man who suffered minor injuries died in respite care more than a month later.

Crash happened Aug. 25 as police responded to a call about a possible firearm in a vehicle

Quebec's police watchdog is now investigating an August crash between a Gatineau police cruiser and a civilian vehicle after an 81-year-old man who suffered minor injuries died in respite care more than a month later.

The crash happened on Aug. 25 as a Gatineau police cruiser was responding to a call.

The man driving the other vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

He was hospitalized for several days, according to Bureau des Enquê​tes Indépendantes, and was then transferred to a respite centre where he died on Oct. 17.

Quebec provincial police will assist BEI in the investigation.

Responding to call about possible firearm

A Gatineau police media release on the incident issued in August said officers were responding to a call about someone who had been seen placing what looked like a firearm in a vehicle.

Police intercepted the suspect vehicle near the intersection of Boulevard des Allumettières and Boulevard Saint-Raymond, and determined that the firearm was actually an air pistol purchased in the region. No charges were laid.

As officers were responding to the call, a Gatineau police cruiser collided with a civilian vehicle at the corner of Boulevard des Allumettières and Chemin Vanier, police said. The cruiser had been heading north on Chemin Vanier while the other vehicle was heading west on Boulevard des Allumettières, the release states.

The officer driving the cruiser was not injured but was taken to hospital as a precaution. The 81-year-old man driving the other vehicle had to be extricated from the wreck and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said in August.