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News Release

SIU Investigates Shooting in East Toronto

Case Number: 08-TFI-043

TORONTO (25 March, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned five investigators and four forensic investigators to probe a police shooting that occurred in east Toronto this afternoon.

At 3:52 p.m. today the Toronto Police Service (TPS) advised the SIU that a number of TPS officers responded to an alleged robbery at 3:15 p.m. at a Royal Bank branch located on Sheppard Ave. west of Markham Rd.

The officers were on scene when a man left the bank holding something in each hand. The man interacted with officers that were on the scene. During this interaction an officer discharged his firearm. The man was struck by at least one bullet and collapsed on the ground.

The man was taken to Sunnybrook hospital by ambulance. His injuries are considered life threatening.

The man's identity is not known at this time.

The SIU has designated one TPS officer as a subject officer and eight as witness officers.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529 extension #1957.

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. 

SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342