Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating an incident where an individual with a knife died during an interaction with Toronto Police near Old Weston Road.
The incident happened just north of St. Clair Avenue West at Turnberry Avenue and Old Weston.
Around noon Friday afternoon, Toronto Police received a 911 call and responded to a call where a man was seen armed with a large knife.
Spokesperson for the SIU, Jason Gennaro, says an altercation took place when officers approached a 30 year old man.
“There was a confrontation with a man, and during that interaction a police officer discharged a conducted energy weapon,” said Gennaro, “The man went into medical distress, was rushed to hospital, and then shortly after he was pronounced dead.”
Investigators say they are questioning some individuals who were in the area at the time of the incident, but would not go into specifics.
Gennaro says the man is from the Toronto area, and they are still looking for more witnesses.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is a civilian law enforcement agency, independent of the police, that conducts criminal investigations into circumstances involving police and civilians that have resulted in serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault.
SIU investigating death of man in his 30s after interaction with police at noon. He was armed with 2 knives near Old Weston and St. Clair pic.twitter.com/Hlx8mWWH6m
— Ashley Carter (@AshCarterGlobal) November 4, 2016
SIU called to investigate a death following interaction btwn TPS officers & a man. St. Clair and Old Weston Rd area. Details to follow.
— SIU (@SIUOntario) November 4, 2016
PERSON WITH A KNIFE – Weston Rd and HWY 401 – Male seen walking with large knife – Police on scene trying to locate male – #1961214 ^sh — Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) November 4, 2016