December 30, 2017 10:46 am
Updated: December 30, 2017 7:48 pm

SIU investigating fatal police-involved shooting in Mississauga

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after Peel Regional Police became involved in an altercation with a man, which resulted in the man being shot by an officer. The victim was transported to St. Michael's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Erica Vella has more.

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Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting in Mississauga overnight.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said Peel Regional Police responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the area of Rathburn Road and Tomken Road around 12:30 a.m.

The agency said that when officers arrived, the man had already left the area.

Officers then located the man a short distance away on Torino Crescent.

“Upon the officers locating him, there was an interaction. One of the officers discharged his firearm. And we know that he [the man] was struck,” SIU spokesperson Jasbir Dhillon told reporters Saturday morning.

Dhillon said the man was transported to St. Michael’s Hospital with no vital signs, where he was later pronounced dead.

The man has not been identified, but Dhillon said he was “roughly 30 years of age.”

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Attish Sakar said he saw the lights from the police cars flashing and thought “what’s going on?”

Sakar has been living in the neighbourhood for over a decade and said nothing like this has ever happened before.

“I’m quite shocked and surprised that this happened. It’s a very quiet and very nice neighbourhood.

“There is all family oriented people here, so yes, it is kind of shocking.”

The agency said one officer is the subject of the investigation, and five others witnessed the interaction.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

With files from The Canadian Press and Erica Vella

 

 

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