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Man charged with attempted murder after cruiser ‘intentionally hit,’ officer threatened in Toronto: police

The scene of the collision in Scarborough on Saturday. Global News

Toronto police say a man has been charged with attempted murder after a police cruiser was “intentionally hit” and an officer was threatened with a knife in Scarborough on Saturday.

Police said the incident happened just before 8 a.m. when the officer was stopped in the area of Gander Drive and Ellesmere Road, just east of Markham Road.

“His cruiser was intentionally rammed from behind,” Toronto police Chief James Ramer tweeted.

“The driver did this twice before getting out of his car, armed with a knife. The officer attempted to deescalate but the man refused to drop the knife.”

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Ramer said other officers responded and worked to “safely resolve the situation and make the arrest.”

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A police spokesperson said an officer was taken to hospital as a precaution, as was a man who was tasered by police.

Toronto paramedics said they transported two people to hospital with minor injuries.

In a news release issued later Saturday, police said 47-year-old Lamont Hunter of Toronto was charged with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, weapons dangerous, and failing to comply with a release order.

Further information regarding the incident wasn’t immediately available.

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