The Toronto Star is reporting that the 21 year old who died after Toronto police fired shots in a Sunday night incident was carrying a gun.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the involvement of the province’s Special Investigation Unit which invokes a mandate not allowing the release of information from it’s officers.
The source says the deceased Alex Wettlaufer was carrying a gun, though its not clear if the weapon was real or a replica.
Police were called out to a fight in the Leslie Street subway station on Sheppard Avenue, involving two people; one of them armed with a gun.
One of the men fled to a nearby park. Shortly afterwards, there was a confrontation with Toronto police and an officer’s firearm was discharged, striking Wettlaufer.
He was transported to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he was pronounced dead.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is the civilian oversight agency responsible for investigating circumstances involving police that have resulted in a death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault of a civilian in Ontario, Canada.