Area OPP Police Press Releases

Murder In Grand Bend – Three In Custody – Names Released

(GRAND BEND, ON) – Three individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with a homicide in Grand Bend.

Officers from the Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Anishinabek Police Service (APS) Kettle Point responded to an assault in a parking lot on Huron Street at approximately 10:00 p.m. on May 13, 2022. Lambton Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transported a victim to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The victim has been identified as Zacharey HARTMAN, age 27 of Exeter.

Officers relayed information about a suspect vehicle to neighbouring counties. Perth County OPP members arrested three individuals in connection with the incident.     

Michael COMPTON, 18-years-old and Evan RADTKE, 22-years-old, both from Stratford, have been charged with:

  • Second -degree murder, pursuant to section 235(1) of the Criminal Code.

Madison HICKS, 21-years-old of West Perth, has been charged with the following:

  • Accessory after the fact to Murder, pursuant to section 240 of the Criminal Code.

The accused have been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) with assistance from Lambton OPP Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) and in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario.