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SIU investigating after man shot by police in Newmarket

The SIU at the scene following a police shooting in Newmarket on July 22, 2014. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after an armed man was shot by police in Newmarket.

York regional police officers responded to a 911 call about shots being fired near an apartment building at 260 Davis Dr., near Lorne Avenue, just after midnight on Tuesday.

Sgt. Clint Whitney said when officers arrived on the scene, “they were confronted by a man who was armed with a handgun and that man advanced on the officers, [and] the officers discharged their firearms.”

The man, 48, was transported to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries and was conscious when he arrived at hospital.

No police officers were injured during the incident.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is now probing the incident.

“I heard three distinct bangs. It wasn’t no fireworks, it wasn’t anything else but a gunshot,” said resident Brandon, who was in his apartment at the time.

The SIU is an arms-length agency investigates reports where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault involving police officers.

Police had closed off the area and were not letting any vehicles out of the complex due to the investigation; however, residents in the area are now being allowed to retrieve their cars.

Lorne was closed between Davis and Calgain Road, but reopened just after 7:30 a.m.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the SIU at (416) 622-1806 or 1-800-787-8529 (ext. 1806).

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