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York officer shot and wounded in Aurora, three people charged

AURORA, Ont. – Three people have been charged in connection with a shooting that wounded a York Regional Police officer.

The 40-year-old detective took a bullet through the wrist while investigating a robbery-in-progress on July 21 in a Bell store at a big box plaza in Aurora., near Highway 404 and Aurora Road.

One of the suspects, a 17-year-old, remains in hospital, recovering from a bullet wound.

A group of suspects robbed a Bell store at around 8:30 p.m. and then, were pursued by police in the parking lot.

All this happened while shoppers and workers were heading home, but couldn’t, due to the police investigation.

“The parking lot was completely locked down, you couldn’t get out until about 10:30 p.m. So everybody leaving at 10:30 p.m., every vehicle was searched,” one man said.

Workers credited police with the quick response and wondered if undercover officers were watching this plaza, where a series of robberies have taken place in recent months.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating.

This shooting came just weeks after York police officer, Const. Garrett Styles, 32, was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop. He died on June 28.

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