Police in Ontario are taking to the skies over the village of Walter Falls to search for Cody Hirsum, the suspect who shot and killed a 62-year-old man near Durham early Friday morning.
“Members of the public need to be aware that they are considered armed and dangerous and that there is a threat to public safety,” said Grey-Bruce OPP Konst. Nick Wilson.
Police believe the victim was shot at a property near Durham around 3:04 a.m. Friday.
They then say they found the victim’s body Friday night near Walter Falls, where they have focused their search through the air and land over the past 24 hours for Hersam, 34, who they say is the last. Bar was seen wearing jean. Shorts and a light colored jacket.
“This is a very serious situation. We have one person who is dead and one suspect who is still owed,” Wilson said.
Police use a helicopter to search for a suspect in a murder investigation near Walters Falls on July 16, 2022. (Scott Miller/CTV News London)
For the village of Walter Falls, which has less than 50 homes and is best known for its waterfalls, news of a manhunt for a murder suspect is hard to believe.
“I’m absolutely stunned. It doesn’t stick around,” said longtime resident Gerry Austin. “It’s all news to me. I was sleeping last night and I think I remembered it all.
A neighbor, who has not been identified, said his vehicle collided with another vehicle at the only intersection in Walter Falls on Friday night, after which they confronted the suspect.
According to the neighbour, Hirsam reportedly stayed around for a moment, but quickly fled to a nearby forest when he heard the police coming.
Police near Walters Falls are looking for a suspect in a murder investigation on July 16, 2022. (Scott Miller / CTV News London)
“Members of the public in that specific area are being advised right now to stay in their homes and refrain from traveling if possible,” Wilson said.
The discovery of a body and subsequent search for a suspect does little for Austin, who has called Walter Falls home for decades.
“It is usually very quiet – oppressively quite, you might say. Not much happens here. Neighbors look for neighbors, so I am shocked to hear that,” he said.
Wilson says, “If anyone sees someone who even remotely matches the suspect’s description, please call 911 and notify us immediately so we can investigate and take this person into custody.” can.”