BRAMPTON, Ont. – Ontario’s police watchdog says it is investigating a fatal police shooting in Brampton, northwest of Toronto, during a traffic stop.
The Special Investigations Unit says a male person died in hospital after a Peel Region police officer fired his weapon during the incident on Queen Street east of Kennedy Road just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The SIU says Peel Region police reported that officers in a marked cruiser stopped a vehicle for investigation, and that there was an “interaction” between one of the occupants and the police before an officer “discharged his firearm.”
The name and age of the male has not been released.
The Special Investigations Unit, which probes all police-related incidents involving death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault, says it has assigned six investigators and three forensic investigators to the case.
Const. Lilly Fitzpatrick said shortly after stopping a vehicle, an officer hit his emergency assistance button, which is done when an officer can’t get to his radio.
Fitzpatrick says no officers were injured in the incident.
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With files from Global News