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Homicide unit investigating death in Ottawa's west end

Officers were initially called to the 3700 block of Strandherd Drive Sunday night to investigate reports of a man being assaulted. In an update Tuesday, police said a toxicology test has been ordered.

In an update Tuesday, police said toxicology test has been ordered

Police tape could be seen wrapped around a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Shoppers Drug Mart on Strandherd Drive Sunday evening. (Stéphane Beaudoin)

Ottawa police homicide unit is investigating the death of a man in the city's west end.

Police said officers were called to the 3700 block of Strandherd Drive around 7:15 p.m. Sunday to investigate reports of a man being assaulted. 

The man was later pronounced deceased. 

Police initially called the death suspicious, but on Tuesday said after interviewing witnesses, a toxicology test would be performed to determine if the death was the result of an overdose. 

The results of the toxicology test likely won't come back for several months, police said. 

A dark pickup truck in the parking lot of a Shoppers Drug Mart on Strandherd Drive could be seen wrapped in police tape on Sunday evening.

Violent weekend in Ottawa

Ottawa police responded to several other incidents this weekend, including a shooting in the 700 block of Heron Road on Saturday evening.

Three people were sitting in a parked vehicle around 9 p.m. when a bullet went through the vehicle, according to police. One person suffered minor injuries from flying debris.

The shooting happened near Canada Post headquarters, according to a tweet from Coun. Riley Brockington ​​​​​on Monday.

In a separate incident around 5:50 p.m. Sunday, police said a vehicle pulled up beside another vehicle parked on the 100 block of Knoxdale Road and the occupants began shooting, sending a 27-year-old man to hospital in serious condition. 

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050.

Police also responded to the Bayshore area after an early morning home invasion on Sunday. A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection the incident, but police continue to search for two other suspects.

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