Canada: Man killed, cop injured in fall during chase at Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls as seen from the Canadian side.



A man is dead and a police officer injured after they fell over a retaining wall near Niagara Falls during a chase.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating the incident in which Canadian police said the officer was pursuing the man, CP24 reported.

According to QMI Agency, the two tumbled over the waist-high concrete wall that separates the sidewalk from the cliffs of the gorge.

Both plunged near or to the bottom of Niagara Gorge, about a mile north of the falls.

While the Niagara Regional Police officer sustained a broken femur in the fall, and had to be pulled 100 feet out of the gorge in a hard-framed basket attached to a fire truck boom.

He was then transported via air ambulance to Hamilton General Hospital, Global Toronto reported.

According to the Associated Press, firefighters later recovered the body of the man being chased.

QMI cited residents living nearby as saying they heard gunshots during the chase, but local police spokesman would not confirm whether shots were fired.

Nor would they comment on a report from a man who said he saw an officer detain a man and a woman just minutes before.

"A cop talked to the guy. [The man] leaned against the police car," QMI quoted local man Greg Taylor as saying.

Taylor said he saw the officer let the man have a cigarette, then: "When he reached in the car to get something, [the man] took off running."

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