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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are looking for two armed suspects after an officer was fatally shot while on duty in Haldimand County.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, officers responded to a call for a stolen vehicle around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday on Indian Line at Concession Road 14 near Hagersville.

Police said upon arrival officers were met with gunfire and an officer was shot dead. The officer was taken to hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. A suspicious man and woman fled.

OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique confirmed the agent’s identity in a tweet. He was appointed provincial const. Grzegorz Pierzchala.

Haldimand County Mayor Shelley Bentley expressed her condolences.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of our officers who died in the line of duty today,” Bentley wrote in a statement. “Every day, our county’s first responders risk their lives for the safety of our community and a tragedy like today’s is one we hope will never happen.”

Just like the Ontario Police Association in a tweet.

Premier Doug Ford also tweeted his condolences for the tragic event.

At 5:43 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police sent out an emergency alert asking area residents to shelter in place as the suspects are believed to be armed.

The alert showed a photo and description of a 25-year-old man named Randall McKenzie. He is described as an Aboriginal man, 6ft 2in, 154lbs with olive skin tone. McKenzie is also described as having black hair and hazel eyes.

The alert also posted a photo of a woman but did not provide a description of her.

The vehicle involved in the incident is described as a black 2021 Chevrolet pickup truck with an Ontario license plate.

There is a heavy police presence in the area as the investigation unfolds. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Haldimand County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

This story will be updated.

Condolences are pouring in after a police officer died in the line of duty near Hagersville, Ont.

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