Ontario’s police watchdog invokes mandate after west-end Toronto shooting

The Special Investigations Unit has invoked its mandate after a shooting in Toronto's west end on Wednesday, police say. Jeremy Cohn / Global News

Ontario’s police watchdog has invoked its mandate after a shooting in the city’s west end late Wednesday.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said in a media release that Toronto police attended an address on Willowridge Road near Martin Grove Road and Eglinton Avenue West around 11:30 p.m. to make an arrest of a 23-year-old man.

The SIU said there was an exchange of gunfire between the man and a police officer and the man was shot multiple times.

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Toronto Paramedics told Global News the victim was taken to a Toronto trauma centre in serious condition.

Police said in an update Wednesday evening that a person was taken into custody.

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It’s unclear whether the person shot is the same individual who is in police custody, but the spokesperson said it’s believed there are no outstanding people wanted in connection with the incident.

The SIU is an independent enforcement agency that investigates incidents involving police that have resulted in death, serious injury or alleged sexual assault.

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