Police watchdog investigating crash outside Merivale Mall

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An Ottawa police vehicle with windshield damage was cordoned off outside the Merivale Mall Oct. 26, 2021. The province's police watchdog is investigating. (Radio-Canada - image credit)
An Ottawa police vehicle with windshield damage was cordoned off outside the Merivale Mall Oct. 26, 2021. The province's police watchdog is investigating. (Radio-Canada - image credit)

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking into what happened when an Ottawa police officer hit a man with their vehicle outside the Merivale Mall Tuesday night.

The SIU said in a tweet the crash happened at about 8:30 p.m. outside the mall west of downtown. A 26-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The officer was responding to a call to an emergency call at a business in the mall, said the SIU. Ottawa police originally told Radio-Canada that officers were responding to a call about a theft.

The unit invokes its mandate to investigate police conduct that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

Three of its investigators will be talking to the officer under investigation and witnesses, including two other officers. The SIU asks anyone with information to call 1-800-787-8529 or to upload video on its website.

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