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SIU investigating Toronto police shooting of man downtown

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit say it is investigating after a Toronto police officer shot and wounded a 43-year-old man downtown early Sunday.

Man, 43, suffered gunshot wound near Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating a Toronto police shooting in the area of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue. The SIU says a man, 43, suffered a single gunshot wound early Sunday. He was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle. ( Michael Aitkens/CBC)

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit says it is investigating after a Toronto police officer shot and wounded a 43-year-old man downtown early Sunday.

The man had allegedly been driving a stolen vehicle, the SIU said in a news release.

The shooting happened in an alley that leads to Vanauley Street, north of Queen Street West and west of Spadina Avenue. The man suffered a single gunshot wound and was taken to hospital for treatment.

According to the SIU, the incident began at about 1:30 a.m. when police saw a stolen vehicle in the area of Vanauley Street and Queen Street West.

The SIU said the driver turned north onto Vanauley Street, then east into an alley. When the driver made a U-turn in the alley, the vehicle collided with a police cruiser, the news release said.

'The man was struck one time'

"There was an interaction and one officer discharged his firearm multiple times. The man was struck one time," the SIU said.

The man tried to flee on foot but was stopped by police. He was then taken to hospital. The SIU declined to comment on his condition or the severity of his injuries.

Toronto paramedics said a man believed to be in his 40s was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries from that area at that time.

The SIU said it has assigned four investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist to the case. It said one officer is the subject of the investigation and five other officers are witnesses.

A Toronto police officer stands near a vehicle in the Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue. The SIU says the vehicle collided with a police cruiser in this alley. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

A police cruiser appeared to have boxed in a van, which is pinned against a building. The front of the cruiser and the front of the van appear to be damaged.

Anyone with information about the investigation to urged to call the SIU's lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. Anyone who may have any video evidence related to this shooting is urged to upload that video through the SIU's website.

The SIU is an arms-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Both the front of the cruiser and the front of the van appear to be damaged. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

 

With files from Muriel Draaisma, Jeremy Cohn