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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses in Shooting during Bank Robbery

Case Number: 16-TFI-049

Toronto, ON (20 February, 2016) ---
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to a shooting that occurred just outside a TD Bank Branch at Kipling Avenue and The Queensway in Toronto this morning.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Around 7:45 a.m., the Toronto Police Service was notified about a robbery in progress at a bank branch at 1315 The Queensway.
  • Officers arrived and encountered at least one man in the parking lot.
  • Shots were fired and a 30-year-old man was struck in the torso.  
  • He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.  He underwent surgery and his condition is currently not life threatening.
    
Seven investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to investigate this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. 

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897