SIU probes Toronto police firing of less-lethal firearm at 55-year-old man

The province’s police watchdog is investigating the discharge of a less-lethal firearm by a Toronto police officer throughout an interplay with a person in Etobicoke on Friday.

The Particular Investigations Unit (SIU) mentioned Toronto cops had been known as to the Royal York Street and The Queensway space shortly after 8 p.m. for studies of a person carrying a knife and inflicting a disturbance.

Police arrived, and the 55-year-old man fled east to Wesley Avenue however was shortly situated.

The SIU mentioned police tried to speak with the person. Nonetheless, sooner or later, two officers discharged performed vitality weapons on the man.

The SIU mentioned a 3rd officer subsequently deployed his less-lethal firearm, ensuing within the man being struck.

He was not severely injured and was taken into custody, the SIU mentioned. However the man grew to become unconscious shortly following his arrest, the SIU mentioned, and first assist was administered.

The company famous that the person was transported to the hospital, the place he regained consciousness.

The SIU, which is usually known as to analyze the conduct of police that will have resulted in demise, severe damage or allegations of sexual assault, mentioned that the discharge of a firearm falls inside its jurisdiction even in circumstances of no severe damage or demise per the Particular Investigations Unit Act.

A firearm is outlined beneath the act as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or different projectile will be discharged and that’s able to inflicting bodily damage or demise to an individual.

The SIU has assigned 4 investigators to the case. It’s asking anybody with data to contact investigators at 1-800-787-8529.

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