SIU investigating after man with sword shot by police in city's east end

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A sword could be seen on the ground near Montreal Road Sunday morning. SIU are investigating after a 28-year-old man was shot by police. (Eloic Hamel/Radio-Canada - image credit)
A sword could be seen on the ground near Montreal Road Sunday morning. SIU are investigating after a 28-year-old man was shot by police. (Eloic Hamel/Radio-Canada - image credit)

WARNING: This story contains details and a video which some readers may find disturbing.

A sword could be seen on the ground near Montreal Road Sunday morning. SIU are investigating after a 28-year-old man was shot by police.
A sword could be seen on the ground near Montreal Road Sunday morning. SIU are investigating after a 28-year-old man was shot by police.(Eloic Hamel/Radio-Canada)

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after an Ottawa police officer shot a man carrying a sword on Montreal Road in the city's east end early Sunday morning.

A 28-year-old man is in hospital in stable condition, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) wrote in a release.

Officers were first called to the scene at 3:30 a.m. after reports a man was walking around with a sword, the SIU said.

The SIU said that after locating him, one officer discharged his firearm. The man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The SIU said he's currently in stable condition.

A witness video shows a man running at police with a sword. In the video, an officer can be heard shouting, "Stop! Don't you do it. Don't, don't. Drop it," before four gunshots are heard.

WARNING: This video contains graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing.

The witness, who CBC has granted confidentiality, said before the altercation with officers, the man had knocked on the window of a nearby gas station forcefully.

The witness said he saw the man's sword and called 911, because he feared for his safety.

"I thought he was going to attack me first," he said. "I thought [he was going to break] one of the windows."

A portion of Montreal Road was closed between Ogilvie Road and Bethamy Lane for most of Sunday but has since reopened.

Police would not provide more details about the incident, referring all comments to the SIU.

The SIU said three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case.