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SIU investigating police-involved shooting which killed driver in Mount Hope

File photo. Special Investigations Unit. Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a driver shot by an officer in a Hamilton Mountain neighbourhood on Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) told Global News the incident happened just after 5 p.m. when a driver allegedly steered his vehicle toward an officer responding to a suspicious vehicle call.

“An officer approached a vehicle parked behind the suspicious vehicle. The driver drove toward the officer and the officer discharged his firearm at the man behind the wheel,” SIU spokesperson Kristy Denette said in a release.

“The vehicle travelled a short distance and left the roadway before coming to a stop in a wooded area on Strathearne Place. The man was seriously injured.”

Read more: SIU investigating sudden death following traffic stop in Brantford

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The man would be transported to hospital before pronounced dead by hospital staff shortly before 7 p.m.

Another occupant in the suspect vehicle was not injured in the occurrence and was taken into custody, according to the SIU.

A total of eight investigators have been assigned to the case which involves a subject officer and six witnesses.

 

 

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