Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is looking into an incident Friday that resulted in an Ottawa man being shot by three Toronto police officers outside a women’s shelter Friday.
It’s alleged that Devon LaFleur robbed an Ottawa bank at gunpoint before fleeing to Toronto. Police located the man near Bayview and Steeles avenues shortly after 10 p.m., where his family says he was visiting a friend.
LaFleur’s family also notes that the 30-year-old man has been struggling with mental illness since he was a teen.
They also insist that if LaFleur was armed with anything, it would have been an air gun, not a real firearm.
LaFleur’s aunt, Janet Page Anderson, told The Toronto Sun HERE that the man was sensitive and joyful, and adored by many people.
The Ottawa Citizen has reported that the deceased has been arrested for robberies in 2007 and 2009.
For some, this incident continues to highlight a problem with how police handle people in crisis, an issue that was brought to the forefront with the July 2013 shooting death of Sammy Yatim.
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