SIU probes shooting outside Toronto theatre
Witness hid behind car after hearing gunfire
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a police officer shot and killed a 34-year-old Montreal-area man outside an east-end Toronto movie theatre Sunday night.
SIU said the man was shot around 7:30 p.m. ET after Toronto police responded to a call that a man may have had a gun in the Eglinton Town Centre, near Eglinton and Pharmacy avenues.
SIU spokeswoman Jasbir Brar said she couldn't confirm whether the man who was shot had a gun, or on how many shots were fired.
"We can't speculate on how many shots were fired at this time until we've gathered all the information and we've had the opportunity to conduct an independent and unbiased investigation," Brar said.
The man was pronounced dead at Sunnybrook Hospital. Police haven't released his name.
Witness heard several shots
Geralyn Wraith was at the theatre with her son during the shooting. They arrived just before 7:30 p.m. ET but decided to leave when the theatre announced that tickets to the film they wanted to see were sold out.
"We walked out the front door and I saw a cop car," Wraith said Monday. She said she noticed a man pointing out another young man to police and heard several officers yelling at the young man.
"I wasn't sure exactly what he said. It might have been 'Lay down' or 'Lay it down,' and then I turned and looked and two cops were pointing their guns at this young fellow," she said.
Wraith and her son ducked and hid by a car, but she said they both heard gunfire.
"We lay on the road, in front of this car, out of sight. It seemed like ages I was lying there," Wraith said. "My son thought he heard five [shots], I heard four."
Brar said investigators are talking to police officers who were on the scene, adding that they are still looking for information from witnesses.
The SIU is called in to investigate whenever the actions of police lead to death or serious injury.
With files from The Canadian Press