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SIU investigate after Toronto officer fires ‘less-lethal’ firearm during arrest

Police officers were called to the area of Royal York Road and The Queensway for reports someone was causing a disturbance with a knife. Global News

The province’s police watchdog is investigating after a Toronto police officer discharged a “less-lethal” firearm during an arrest on Friday night.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) — which looks into certain police interactions, including the discharge of all firearms — said the incident occurred at around 8:10 p.m.

Police officers were called to the area of Royal York Road and The Queensway for reports someone was causing a disturbance with a knife.

When police arrived, the man, 55, fled to the area of Wesley Street and The Queensway, according to the SIU.

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The SIU said two officers discharged conductive energy weapons at the man and another officer used a less-lethal firearm, which struck the man.

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“After the man was taken into custody, he went unconscious and first aid was administered,” the SIU said in a media release. “Paramedics arrived and transported the man to hospital, where he regained consciousness.”

Four investigators, including two forensic specialists, have been assigned to the case, according to the SIU.

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