Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating an officer-involved shooting after a teenage bank robbery suspect in Peel Region was shot and sustained serious injuries.
Monica Hudon, a spokesperson for the Special Investigations Unit, said Peel Regional Police were near Cawthra Road and Dundas Street East at around 3:50 p.m. when a resident told officers there was a robbery at a nearby HSBC bank. She said the officers arrived a short time later at the bank, which had 10 employees and an unknown number of customers.
The SIU said the suspect, who suffered a gunshot wound, is 16-years-old. The boy was taken by paramedics to a trauma centre in serious condition.
Hudon said the boy underwent surgery to be treated for a gunshot wound and as of Tuesday evening he was listed in stable condition.
She said the boy was armed with a gun, adding as far as she knew no one else was injured.
The SIU is an independent agency that investigates the conduct of officers who respond to incidents. Hudon didn’t elaborate on what exactly happened leading up to the “interaction.”
“Understanding exactly what transpired between police and the man is what SIU is investigating,” she said.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the SIU at 1-800-787-8529.