'Sleepy' lakeside village rattled by man's shooting death – The London Free Press

ERIE BEACH – Chatham-Kent police investigating the death of a man found shot in a home in this quiet Lake Erie community say there’s no wider threat to public safety.

Officers responded to a report of a person requiring emergency services at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

“It was reported the individual had sustained a gunshot wound while at a residence on Towanda Boulevard in Erie Beach,” police said in a statement.
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A 40-year-old Windsor man was found dead, police said.

“Based on initial information received, officers secured the scene and ensured there was no threat to public safety,” police said, adding it was considered an isolated incident.

There will be a noticeable police presence in Erie Beach as the investigation continues, police said.

The incident has local residents on edge.

“It’s really concerning to have this kind of activity in our sleepy little village,” said Erie Beach resident Allison Graham. “Late in the middle of the night, my mom heard all of the police officers.”

“This is very unusual behaviour to have in our little village,” she said, adding there was “a lot of anxiety” among residents because they didn’t know what was happening.

But residents have been assured by police “it is an isolated incident and . . . not perceived to be a threat to the community,” she added.

A resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said Erie Beach is a connected community where most people know one another. “News and information like this is troublesome so you hope it doesn’t impact too many people.”

“To maintain the integrity of this ongoing investigation, specific details will not be released at this time,” police said.

Anyone with information or surveillance video related to the case should contact Det. Cole Abbott at [email protected] or 519-436-6600, ext. 80262, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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