Woman injured, suspect at large following shooting incident in Mississauga

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WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, Ontario’s police watchdog was called in after a Peel Regional Police officer discharged his firearm and tried to taser the suspect as he fled in his idling cruiser.

Peel Regional Police are investigating a shooting incident in Mississauga that left a person injured Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded just after 2:30 p.m. in the area of Mavis Road and White Clover Way, just south of Eglinton Avenue West.

Const. Sarah Patten told media that a man and a woman had an altercation on Apple Blossom Circle, when shots were fired.

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The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries from the incident, police said, and was taken to local hospital for treatment.

According to Patten, the man fled the area on foot through a park in the area before being confronted by police, leading into an altercation with officers.

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“The male then got into a police cruiser and attempted to flee, at which time the officers tried to subdue him and they were unsuccessful,” she said.

The suspect then broke free from officers and drove away in the police cruiser. Officers said he then got into another stolen vehicle, a 2013 white Hyundai Sante Fe with the licence plate AYVL 950, to flee the area.

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Patten said during the altercation between officers and the suspect, shots were fired by police and the use of a taser was attempted.

Police released an update Tuesday evening and identified the suspect as 31-year-old Michael Cleghorn. He is described as being six-foot-two and weighing approximately 180 pounds. Officers said it’s unknown if he was hurt during the incident and if so, he may seek medical attention.

“Michael Cleghorn should not be approached and should be considered armed and dangerous,” police said in the statement.

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In 2017, Toronto and Thunder Bay police said the accused was wanted in connection with murder and sexual assault investigations. It’s unclear if he was arrested in connection with those investigations.

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The Special Investigations Unit, Ontario’s police watchdog, invoked its mandate and is probing the incident.

With files from Nick Westoll, Catherine McDonald and Adam Dabrowski

Michael Cleghorn, 29, wanted in Sexual Assault and Homicide investigation.
Michael Cleghorn, 29, wanted in Sexual Assault and Homicide investigation. Handout / Toronto Police Service