Man shot and killed by police in confrontation that injured officers

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating the fatal, police-involved shooting of a 33-year-old man in Windsor.

Two police officers taken to hospital, but expected to survive

The Special Investigations Unit was called to investigate the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Matthew Mahoney in Windsor Mar. 21, 2018. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

A 33-year-old man was shot and killed by police during a confrontation with Windsor police Wednesday morning that left two officers injured.

Police were called to the area of University and Ouellette avenues around 8:05 a.m. for a complaint involving a man, and found a suspect who matched the description of the person they were searching for.

"During the interaction police fired their issued pistol," said deputy chief Vince Power. "The involved adult male was transported to hospital … he later succumbed to his injuries."

The officers were taken to hospital after the incident, but are expected to survive, according to Power. He would not say how the officers were injured, only that the injuries were minor.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was called in to investigate the fatal shooting. Because the SIU is now involved, provincial legislation prevents Windsor police from giving more detail on what exactly happened.

According to an SIU statement, there was an interaction between the man and officers, and the man was shot at by police and struck. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m.

A post-mortem is scheduled for Thursday in London.

There was a large group of Windsor police officers at the McDonald's near the corner of Goyeau and Wyandotte streets Wednesday morning.

A butcher block with knives scattered around it was on the ground near the entrance to the drive-thru.

A butcher block was on the ground in the McDonald's parking lot, surrounded by scattered knives. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

The entire block was wrapped in yellow police tape and officers were walking and taking photos along Dufferin Place.

Bill Holland lives in an apartment that backs onto the side street. He was on his balcony and said he heard a crackling noise that he thought was a garbage truck.

"Pop, pop, pop," he said.

Holland said he leaned over his balcony and saw police attending to a man on the ground.

Bill Holland took this photo of police and paramedics attending to a man on Dufferin Place Wednesday morning. (Bill Holland)

"They rolled him over and I seen blood," he said. "I thought maybe he got hit by a car, but to me it looked like he was shot."

John Hilt said he was crossing Ouellette Avenue when he heard five gunshots.

"I heard three shots plain as day, a break for about two seconds, then two more," he said.

When he came around the corner he saw police and paramedics performing CPR on a "young man" who was lying on the ground.

"It was quite shocking, I've got to admit. I took a second look at myself and thought: 'Really? Is that what I'm seeing?  A man down on the ground possibly shot with a gun?'"

There are no public safety concerns at this time, according to police.

The SIU has assigned six investigators and four forensic investigators to the shooting.

Goyeau Street and Dufferin Place is closed from Wyandotte Street to Tuscarora Street. Eastbound lanes of Wyandotte are closed from Ouellette Avenue to Goyeau. 

Tunnel traffic is still able to get through.

Heavy police presence at McDonald's on Goyeau and Wyandotte streets on Wednesday, March 21.

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Dan Taekema

Dan Taekema is a reporter/editor with CBC Hamilton. Email: daniel.taekema@cbc.ca