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Police officer shot, suspect killed in central Ontario

A police officer was injured and a suspect shot and killed while police executed a search warrant Wednesday morning in the central Ontario community of Lindsay.

Officer in stable condition is expected to recover

Const. Keith Calderwood of the Peterborough Lakefield police was airlifted from Lindsay to Toronto and transferred to St. Michael's Hospital. He is in stable condition and is expected to recover. (CBC)

A police officer was injured and a suspect shot and killed while police executed a search warrant Wednesday morning in the central Ontario community of Lindsay.

Const. Keith Calderwood of the Peterborough Lakefield police is in stable condition and is expected to recover, said Staff Sgt. Dan Smith.

"It's just one of the things in policing that we have to deal with on a daily basis unfortunately," he said outside St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where Calderwood was brought after the shooting. "But fortunately, our officer should recover."

The man who died in the shooting is 21 years old and is from Durham Region.

Calderwood, 37, is a married father of three and has been with the Peterborough force for seven years. (Peterborough Lakefield police)

The shooting happened at around 11:20 a.m. Kawartha Lakes police and Peterborough Lakefield police were conducting a criminal investigation at an apartment on Georgian Street, near Melbourne Street, in Lindsay, which is near Peterborough.

Several people have been taken into custody and the coroner has been called in.

Calderwood, 37, is a married father of three and has been with the Peterborough force for seven years.

Police gave few other details, other than to say Ontario's Special Investigation Unit — an arm's-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault — would be looking into the shootings.

The investigation will be conducted by a team of six investigators and four forensic investigators, police told CBC News.

Kim Coulter, a spokeswoman at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, said the officer arrived there at 11:49 a.m. He left the hospital at 1 p.m. as crews airlifted him to St. Michael's. He arrived there at about 2:15 p.m.

A woman who appeared distraught and is believed to be the officer's wife was seen rushing into the St. Michael's emergency department shortly afterward.

The scene of the shooting has been cordoned off and police said there is no threat to the public.

"The only thing I heard was a big loud boom and I didn't know what it was until I saw the neighbours standing around," said Bonnie Collins, 57.

Lindsay is located about 130 kilometres northeast of Toronto. It's a community of about 19,000 residents and part of the amalgamated city of Kawartha Lakes.

With files from The Canadian Press