Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating after a 21-year-old man died after being shot by a police officer in Scarborough Tuesday evening.
According to the SIU’s preliminary information, in the evening hours of June 25, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers were investigating the driver of a vehicle.
At approximately 8 pm in the area of Midland Avenue and Midwest Road, police attempted to stop the vehicle.
The SIU reports that instead of stopping, the vehicle moved forward and struck an officer.
At this time, another officer discharged his firearm at the vehicle multiple times and the 21-year-old driver was struck.
The man was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The police officer who was struck by the vehicle was also transported to hospital for treatment.
Later on Tuesday evening, police said the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Midland Ave/ Midwest Rd
– Police investigation
– 1 man and 1 officer both with injuries being taken to hospital
– Due to circumstances, SIU will be invoking their mandate, therefore we can provide no further details
– the intersection is closed@TPS41Div #GO1181919^adc
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The SIU has now assigned five investigators and three forensic investigators to the probe the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators by calling 1-800-787-8529. The unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.
The SIU is called in when police are involved in an incident that results in a civilian’s injury or death, or when police are facing allegations of sexual assault.