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News Release

SIU Investigates Shooting in Toronto

Case Number: 08-TFD-036

TORONTO (8 March, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned a team of Investigators and Forensic Investigators to probe a police shooting that occurred early this morning, involving an officer from the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

At approximately 3:50 a.m. this morning, an officer, on patrol, heard an alarm from the pharmacy located at the intersection of Garden Ave. and Roncessvalles Ave., in Toronto.

The officer found that the pharmacy had been entered and went inside. The officer located a male. The officer became involved in a confrontation with the male. At approximately 3:52 a.m. a shot was fired from the officers' pistol and the man was struck. He suffered a fatal wound and died at St. Joseph's Hospital.

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

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1925 or 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. 

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