TORONTO, Ont. – A man shot by police in East York has died, the Special Investigations Unit has confirmed.
The 29-year-old man, who was dressed in a hospital gown, apparently confronted a police officer near the Danforth and Woodbine area. He was armed with two pairs of scissors, and was shot three times.
The province’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate.
Police told 680News a homeowner on Milverton Boulevard called police just after 10 a.m. after the man, armed with scissors, showed up at his front door demanding entry.
After being denied access, the man went to the backyard of the home before returning to the front of the home and wandering away. The homeowner said the man appeared disoriented.
The man was then spotted on a neighbouring street where police said after some kind of altercation he was shot.
Monica Hudon with the SIU told 680News the responding officers were confronted by the same man in the street and that’s when they opened fire.
“The SIU was notified that at approximately 10:15 a.m. there was an interaction between Toronto police service officers and a man. At some point the man was fatally shot. We have ten investigators and forensic investigators from the SIU looking into the incident,” she explained.
It is believed the man was shot three times.
The incident happened in front of Corey’s friend’s home. He told 680News he spoke to his friend to find out what happened.
“He saw a police officer – or he heard a police officer yelling stop. And he looked up from the window and saw a guy standing in a robe with a scissor in each hand and the cop said stop and he just shot him,” said Corey.
City Councillor Janet Davis told 680News she not only represents the area, she lives on Milverton.
“This is a great neighbourhood. I’m sure that there’s an amount of shock in an incident like this, where there’s violence involved. I’m sure people are a bit worried and I am here to show my support for my community,” said Councillor Davis.
As to where the man came from, that has not been confirmed, but there are indications he was taken under escort to East York General Hospital.