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3 charged after York police officer shot

Three men have been charged following last week's armed robbery that sent a suspect and a York Region police officer to hospital with gunshot wounds.
EMS workers attend to a man believed to have been involved in the shooting of a York region officer on July 21. (CBC)

Three men have been charged following an armed robbery last week that sent a suspect and a York Region police officer to hospital with gunshot wounds.

A 40-year-old officer was shot  after three armed men tried to rob a Bell store in the mall at Aurora Road and Highway 404 around 8:30 p.m on July 21.

The injured suspect remains in hospital.

Ryan Michael Patrick Berment, 18, Michael Kevin Whitlock, 24, and a 17-year-old male, all from Pickering, Ont., have been charged with:

  • Robbery — use of a firearm
  • Disguise with intent
  • Forcible confinement
  • Possession of weapons dangerous
  • Theft over $5,000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Berment has also been charged with assaulting a peace officer, possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Special Investigations Unit, which is called whenever a member of the public dies or is seriously injured in an altercation with police, continues to investigate.

York Regional Police are also conducting a parallel investigation.