PHOTO: One suspect is dead and a police officer seriously injured after they fell into the Niagara Gorge around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The officer was reportedly chasing the suspect.
CHICAGO, IL - A male suspect has died and a police officer is seriously injured after they both fell into the Niagara Gorge in Canada around 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to reports.
The suspect, whose identity was not confirmed late Tuesday, was being pursued by the officer. The drop was estimated at about 100 feet, although it's unclear how far the two tumbled, according to CTVNews.
The Niagara River flows through the gorge and the iconic falls are more than a mile away from the accident scene.
Niagara police Constable Derek Watson said they both fell into the gorge on River Road, according to a Tweet by Canada’s CP24 television station.
Witnesses said that a police officer was chasing a male suspect around 5 p.m. when the suspect jumped over a retaining wall and into the Niagara Gorge, with the officer close behind him.
A spokesperson for a Canadian air ambulance service confirmed that an Ornge air ambulance landed near the gorge and transported one person with “serious injuries” to Ontario’s Hamilton General Hospital, the station said. The police officer reportedly suffered a broken femur, while the suspect died of his injuries.
“Initial reports from the scene in Niagara Falls say the patient transferred by air ambulance was the police officer who fell into the gorge,” CP24 reported.
Details on why the officer was pursuing the suspect were not immediately available. Ontario's Special Investigations Unit was investigating.
“There was sirens, screaming and yelling,” Wanda Woodland, an Otter Street resident, told the Niagara Bullet News. “Someone heard a (gun) shot.”
Woodland told the Bullet News that police called the suspect a “prisoner.”