SIU Investigates Shooting in Toronto

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - 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 officer's
pistol and the man was struck. He suffered a fatal wound and died at St.
Michael's Hospital.
    The man's identity is not confirmed at this time.
    SIU forensic investigators are processing the shooting scene and
collecting evidence. Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed this
incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1925 or 1-800-787-8529.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.

For further information:

For further information: SIU Communications/Service des communications,
UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529

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