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News Release

SIU Updates Toronto Shooting Incident

Case Number: 08-TFD-036

TORONTO (10 March, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances of a fatal shooting that occurred shortly before 4:00 a.m. on March 8, 2008 involving the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

A 42-year-old man was fatally shot during a physical altercation with a TPS officer inside a pharmacy at the corner of Garden Avenue and Roncesvalles Avenue. A post mortem examination performed yesterday confirmed that the man died of a single gunshot wound. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this point in the investigation.

As part of their investigation, the SIU has designated one subject and seven witness officers from the TPS. Investigators will be canvassing the area surrounding the pharmacy today in order to locate witnesses. Forensic investigators have seized the subject officer's firearm and clothing for examination. SIU investigators continue to appeal for anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information about it, to contact the Unit at 416-622-1925 or 1-800-787-8529 ext.1925.

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