Ontario's police watchdog investigating after incident downtown

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after an "interaction" between a Toronto police officer and a member of the public downtown early Sunday, police say.

The incident happened in the area of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue. Toronto police were dispatched at about 1:20 a.m., according to Const. Alex Li, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service.

"What I can confirm at this point in time is that a member of our service had an interaction with a member of the public, and as a result, the SIU has invoked their mandate," Li said.

Toronto paramedics said a man believed to be in his 40s was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries from that area at that time.

Police are guarding a scene in an alley that leads to Vanauley Street, north of Queen Street West and west of Spadina Avenue.

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Van pinned against building

A police cruiser appears to have boxed in a van, which is pinned against a building. The front of the cruiser and the front of the van appear to be damaged.

SIU investigators are now on the scene. In an email to CBC Toronto, the SIU said it is working on providing an update to the media.

No other information was available.

The SIU is an arms-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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