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Inquest into fatal shooting of Andrew Loku by Toronto police begins today

A man holds a photo of Andrew Loku.
A man holds a photo of Andrew Loku. The Canadian Press/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

TORONTO – An inquest into the death of a 45-year-old hammer-wielding man who was shot by Toronto police begins today.

Andrew Loku died on July 5, 2015, following a confrontation with officers in an apartment building hallway.

The Special Investigations Unit found that the officer who shot him did not exceed the range of justifiable force.

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The police watchdog agency says the officers had their guns drawn and repeatedly told Loku to drop the hammer as he walked towards them, but he was shot twice when he came within two or three metres of one officer.

Coroner Dr. James Edwards says the inquest will examine the events surrounding Loku’s death and the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

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The inquest is expected to last three weeks and hear from approximately 20 witnesses.