Ontario's police watchdog investigating 2 separate deaths involving Toronto police Saturday night

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Anyone with information that might be relevant to either case, including video evidence, is being urged by the SIU to contact investigators at 1-800-787-8529. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC - image credit)
Anyone with information that might be relevant to either case, including video evidence, is being urged by the SIU to contact investigators at 1-800-787-8529. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC - image credit)

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating two separate deaths on Saturday night that followed interactions with Toronto police officers.

The first happened at a home on Castledene Crescent in Scarborough at about 7:30 p.m.

According to the provincial police watchdog, police were called to the residence for an "unknown trouble call."

The SIU release is sparse on details, saying only that a police negotiator was involved and spoke with a man who "sustained a serious injury" over the course of the negotiation.

The man received first aid from officers, then from paramedics. The 41-year-old man died in hospital, according to the SIU. A post-mortem is scheduled for Monday.

A few hours after the Scarborough incident, police responded to a call for a man in distress at a home on Church Street near the city's core.

In a separate news release, the SIU said police found a man barricaded inside at about 11:30 p.m.

Once officers got into the residence, the SIU release said, police "located the man in medical distress."

Paramedics were called but the 34-year-old died, the SIU said.

Anyone with information that might be relevant to either case, including video evidence, is being urged by the SIU to contact investigators at 1-800-787-8529.

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