Toronto

Inquest to be held in death of Andrew Loku, province announces

An inquest will be held into the death of a 45-year-old hammer-wielding man who was shot by Toronto police.

Special Investigations Unit found officer who shot Loku did not exceed range of justifiable force

Andrew Loku, 45, was shot by police in July 2015 after he refused to drop a hammer he was carrying. (Handout photo) (Handout photo)

An inquest will be held into the death of a 45-year-old hammer-wielding man who was shot by Toronto police.

Andrew Loku died on July 5, 2015, following a confrontation with officers in an apartment building hallway.

The Special Investigations Unit found that the officer who shot him did not exceed the range of justifiable force.

The police watchdog agency says the officers had their guns drawn and repeatedly told Loku to drop the hammer as he walked towards them, but he was shot twice when he came within two or three metres of one officer.

Coroner Dr. James Edwards says the inquest will examine the events surrounding Loku's death and the jury may make
recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

The inquest — set to begin June 5 — is expected to last three weeks and hear from approximately 20 witnesses.
 

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