A man was shot and killed by a police officer Wednesday evening in Scarborough, according to Chief Dwayne McLellan of the Peel Regional Police Service.
A Toronto police officer shot and killed a man in Scarborough, Canada, while responding to a robbery call, according to Chief Dwayne McLellan. The officer shot the man after the suspect refused to comply with the officer’s verbal commands and allegedly advanced on him, Chief McLellan said.
“He then turned and came with an advanced threat,” McLellan said at a news conference. “The offender was now down.”
It’s not clear whether the suspect was armed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was also injured in the shooting. No other injuries were reported.
Chief McLellan said the officer, who has 10 years of experience, fired one shot from a 12-gauge shotgun.
According to the Toronto Star, the suspect, who has not been identified, was a suspect in a holdup. A witness told the Star that he saw two masked men run from the street and into the back of a building.
“He was walking out of the building and then police started shooting the guy,” said Omar Kourezji, who lives in the building. “I’m a bit angry because he had a gun. Why would they shoot him like that?”
While police have not released details about the officer’s conduct or badge number, Chief McLellan said, “We also have internal professional standards investigators conducting an investigation.”
The officer has been a member of the Peel Regional Police Service for more than two years, Chief McLellan said.
Police are waiting for the coroner’s office to release the victim’s name.