SIU investigates Toronto police who fire less lethal firearm at 55-year-old man

The county police watchdog is investigating the discharge of a less-lethal firearm by a Toronto police officer during an interaction with a man in Etobicoke on Friday.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said Toronto police officers were called to the Royal York Road and the Queensway area shortly after 8pm for reports of a man carrying a knife and causing a disturbance.

Police arrived and the 55-year-old man fled east to Wesley Street, but was soon found.

The SIU said police were trying to communicate with the man. At one point, however, two officers were fired with energy weapons on the man.

The SIU said a third officer then used his less-lethal firearm, beating the man.

He was not seriously injured and was arrested, the SIU said. But shortly after his arrest, the man passed out, the SIU said, and first aid was given.

The agency noted that the man was transported to the hospital, where he regained consciousness.

The SIU, which is typically called to investigate police conduct that may have resulted in death, serious injury or sexual assault charges, said firing a firearm falls under its jurisdiction even in cases of no serious injury. or death according to law. Special Investigation Unit Act.

A firearm is defined under the law as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be fired and which is capable of causing bodily injury or death to a person.

The SIU has assigned four investigators to the case. It asks anyone with information to contact the researchers at 1-800-787-8529.

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