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SIU probe shooting of Brampton school principal and her husband

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is probing a weekend shooting incident in Brampton that left two people dead

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Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is probing a weekend shooting incident in Georgetown that left two people dead, including a school principal, after an apparent murder-suicide believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

The two deceased were named as Debra Allen, the 52-year-old principal of Beatty-Fleming Public School, and her husband David Allen, 65.

Halton Regional Police released a brief statement and referred all inquiries to the SIU, which examines all police-civilian interactions resulting in death or serious injury.

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The SIU said the incident began around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, when police were called to a home at 27 Hillside Drive in Georgetown after receiving a 911 call saying a woman had been shot.

Upon arriving at the house, police set up a perimeter and tried to communicate with Mr. Allen, the SIU said.

Shortly afterward, shots were heard, officers went into the house and found both Allens dead of gunshot wounds.

The SIU has assigned six investigators and two forensic investigators to examine the demise of Mr. Allen.

His wife's death is being investigated by Halton Regional Police Service.

Peel District School Board posted an online tribute, mourning the loss of Ms. Allen and urging parents and teachers to comfort and counsel the children affected. "Children's reactions to a death may be delayed," the board said.

"It's important to reassure children, spend extra time with them and be available to them when they want to talk about their feelings. When grieving begins, children must be told that their feelings are normal and acceptable."

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One Halton police officer has been designated a subject officer by the SIU, and 11 others as "witness" officers.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1898 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1898.

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