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Ontario’s police watchdog probing officer-involved shooting in central Hamilton

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WATCH ABOVE: The province’s Special Investigations Unit is probing a police-involved shooting that seriously injured a man. Erica Vella reports – Jul 7, 2020

Ontario’s police watchdog says a man has been seriously injured after an officer-involved shooting in Hamilton on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Tuesday night, Hamilton police were called about a “domestic” incident at around 3:30 p.m.

About half an hour later, the SIU said police found a 42-year-old man, described as a “person of interest,” who was wanted in connection with the incident. The statement said he was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store at the intersection of Gage Avenue North and Cannon Street East.

“As several officers approached the vehicle, there was an interaction and two officers discharged their firearms. The man was struck,” the SIU said, noting he remains in hospital in life-threatening condition.

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Hamilton Police Service Insp. Treena MacSween described the man’s injuries as “significant.” She also said a second person received minor injuries.

The exact nature of the “domestic” incident wasn’t disclosed as of Tuesday night.

The SIU says eight Hamilton Police officers were involved in the incident, and that as of Wednesday morning several civilian witnesses have been interviewed and video footage has been secured.

Two police-issued firearms and a shotgun have also been recovered from the scene, according to the police watchdog.

The SIU is an independent agency that investigates the conduct of officers responding to calls that have resulted in death, serious injury, or instances of alleged sexual assault.

Anyone with information was asked to call the SIU at 1-800-787-8529.

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Hamilton police investigating the scene of a shooting near Gage Avenue North and Cannon Street East.
Hamilton police investigating the scene of a shooting near Gage Avenue North and Cannon Street East. Will Erskine/ Global News
Hamilton police closed off a large section of road around Gage Avenue North and Cannon Street East after shots were fired Tuesday afternoon.
Hamilton police closed off a large section of road around Gage Avenue North and Cannon Street East after shots were fired Tuesday afternoon. Will Erskine / Global News