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Shock & sadness over cop's death

Tuesday, May 20, 2014   by: Jeff Turl

The city's police department says it is with shock and sadness that it learned of the passing of Constable Andrew Keating.

Keating, 29, was a member of the Service for four years.

He is described in a news release as a dedicated police officer who served the communities of North Bay and Callander with integrity, respect and empathy.

On Friday May 16th, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the West Nipissing Police Service informed city police of the sudden death of Constable Keating, which took place on Highway 17, just east of Sturgeon Falls.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew's family members and we will support them in every way we can", said Chief Paul Cook. "We see ourselves as family, here, at the North Bay Police Service, especially in times of tragedy such as this. We have offered each of our members support to help them cope through the grieving process and heartbreaking loss."

The North Bay Police Service expressed thanks to the members of the West Nipissing Service, policing partners, and members of the community who have provided assistance, support and expressions of condolence.

At the Torch run this morning, organizer Cst. Merv Shantz said the timing for this event was perfect due to the news of the death of a fellow officer. 

"It’s been a difficult weekend for our law enforcement officers here in North Bay, and of course across the province and across he country. So this is something where we can get out and just generate some good news."

On Friday May 16th at approximately 9:55 a.m., West Nipissing Police responded to a report of an unresponsive male near the bridge spanning the Little Sturgeon River on Highway 17 between North Bay and Sturgeon Falls. A passerby had noticed the body and alerted police.

Police and EMS responded, but  upon arrival, found no vital signs present.  A Coroner was called to the scene. Members of the OPP and Anishnabek Police were also on scene.

The West Nipissing Police Service is conducting an on-going non-criminal investigation pursuant to the Coroners Act. 

It is being assisted by the Ontario Provincial Police Forensic Identification unit. 

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