Man dead after domestic incident in Melancthon Township
Published Friday, November 21, 2014 2:05PM EST Last Updated Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:26PM EST
Following an investigation by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), police have confirmed a man died on Friday after a domestic incident at a home north of Shelburne.
Dundalk Firefighters could only look on from a distance as a house burned to the ground on the 2nd Line of Melancthon Friday morning.
Police had been there all night blocking the road and wouldn’t let firefighters in.
“At 10:02 p.m. Dufferin OPP were dispatched to a domestic incident on the second line in Melancthon township, it's a fluid and ongoing police investigation at this time,” says OPP Constable Paul Nancekivell.
What started as a domestic situation escalated to a standoff with police Thursday night and ultimately a fire that destroyed the home around 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.
The coroner and the Ontario Fire Marshal arrived on the scene Thursday afternoon.
Around the same time members of the OPP's Emergency Response Team and their Tactics and Rescue Unit left the secured area
Police will not say what happened overnight but the SIU is looking into what happened.
The SIU investigates incidents involving police that have resulted in injury or death.
So far the SIU has released few details about their investigation, only that they have several people working at the scene.
“The special investigations unit has invoked their mandate and we won't be commenting any further on the case,” added Constable Nancekivell.
There are unconfirmed reports the man involved in the standoff was a former police officer himself from Peel Region.
The fire was still smouldering on the property Friday night and the SIU will be back to continue the investigation on Saturday.
CTV News can confirm that a woman and a 10-year-old girl who lived in the home were not harmed in the incident.