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SIU investigates after man struck multiple times during police shooting in Scarborough

Ontario's police watchdog says it is investigating a Toronto police shooting that injured a man in the vicinity of the Scarborough Town Centre on Saturday.

Police had said the injured man was arrested after shooting near Scarborough Town Centre

The Special Investigations Unit is investigating a Toronto police shooting that injured a man on Saturday. The man was arrested, according to the police. (Charles Contant/Radio-Canada)

Ontario's police watchdog says it is investigating a Toronto police shooting that injured a man in the vicinity of the Scarborough Town Centre on Saturday.

The shooting happened in the area of McCowan Road and Town Centre Court, according to Monica Hudon, spokesperson for the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

In a news release Saturday, Hudon said preliminary information suggests Toronto police were in the area around noon "observing" a 37-year-old man who was a person of interest in an investigation.

Several unmarked police vehicles then attempted to take down a red pickup truck being driven by the man.

In the process, there was "an interaction" and multiple officers opened fire, striking the man multiple times. 

Hudon said in an email to CBC Toronto on Saturday that the injured man was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.

His current condition is not known, but police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Earlier in a tweet, police said: "Man with injuries also arrested." Police also said officers closed the intersection after the shooting.

Const. Caroline de Kloet, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said police cannot comment on what may have led to the shooting.

"It's a police-involved shooting," de Kloet said.

The investigation is now in the hands of the SIU.

Five investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the lead investigator by calling 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU probes police interactions that lead to a civilian's death, injury or allegations of sexual assault.