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Trial date set for OPP officer accused of fatally shooting man near Ridgetown

A trial date has finally been set for a Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police officer accused of killing a man on Highway 401 near Ridgetown in the summer of 2021.

Sean O'Rourke, 56, is charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death in connection with the deadly shooting of a 25-year-old man in July of 2021.

Officer O'Rourke was responding to a reported gas theft near Ridgetown when the victim was shot in the upper torso. The victim later died at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

O'Rourke's trial will begin December 2, 2024 and is expected to last eight days.

Two publication bans are in place that prohibit any publication of information that could identify the victim or witnesses and another prohibiting the publication of any evidence heard during the pre-trial stage.

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