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SIU says it still needs to interview relatives of man shot dead by police in Mississauga

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WATCH ABOVE: (July 20) Family, friends and supporters of Ejaz Choudry gathered for a candlelight vigil a month after the 62-year-old was fatally shot by Peel Regional Police. Ontario's Special Investigation Unit continues to probe the circumstances surrounding Choudry's death. Morganne Campbell reports – Jul 20, 2020

MISSISSAUGA — Ontario’s police watchdog says it has made substantial progress in investigating the death of a 62-year-old man shot by police west of Toronto last month, but it still needs to speak to the man’s family.

The Special Investigations Unit gave an update Thursday in the case of a man relatives have identified as Ejaz Choudry.

The agency says it’s waiting to schedule interviews with his family members, and has requested they sign a release allowing investigators to access his medical records.

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It says the officer who is the subject of the investigation has declined to be interviewed or to turn in his notes, which is his right under Ontario regulations.

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The agency says nine officers deemed to be witnesses have been interviewed.

Peel Regional Police shot and killed Choudry in a Mississauga home on June 20 after performing a wellness check.

Choudry’s family has said they called a non-emergency line for help while Choudry was in crisis and needed his medication, but police showed up.

His death sparked protests that saw demonstrators occupy a local intersection for several days.

Choudry’s family has called for a public inquiry into his death and demanded that the officer who shot him be fired.

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They have also voiced doubts about the SIU investigation.

The watchdog said Thursday that the fieldwork in the probe has been “substantially completed,” with six investigators and three forensic investigators assigned to the case.

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It said they have collected a police firearm, a stungun and an anti-riot weapon, as well as evidence related to those weapons.

A knife was also collected at the scene and sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis, along with the police gun, it said.

The SIU said it has also obtained video footage and is waiting on the report from an autopsy and toxicology analysis.

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