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2 Toronto police officers injured, man in custody after knife attack in Etobicoke

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Toronto police say a sergeant and an officer were injured and a man is in custody after an altercation in Etobicoke on Tuesday.

Police were called to the area of Royal York Road and Lawrence Avenue West at around 11:20 a.m. for a “check address call” which is typically a welfare check on an individual.

Toronto Police Chief James Ramer told media that officers were originally called to the home Monday night after Peel police received a call for a missing person, who resides at the address.

Ramer said officers were at the home Tuesday morning, which is a rooming house with six occupants, in an attempt to locate the missing individual.

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The chief said while officers were at the home, the suspect came out armed with a knife and attacked them. Ramer said officers were able to restrain the individual with a Taser.

He said a sergeant was slashed multiple times and taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Another officer, on the job for only a year Ramer said, suffered minor injuries.

Police said the suspect was placed under arrest and also taken to hospital.

Later Tuesday, police said the missing man, who was identified as 56-year-old Nathaniel Brettell, that officers were called to check on has still not been located. Police said they are concerned for his welfare.

Road closures are in effect as police investigate.

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