SIU investigating after Toronto police shoot and injure man in parking lot

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TORONTO — The province's police watchdog says it is investigating after a Toronto police officer shot a 31-year-old man.

The Special Investigations Unit says the shooting happened in the city's east end at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

It says officers located a vehicle of interest in the parking lot of Church's Chicken, a restaurant in the area.

The SIU says that when officers tried to block in the vehicle, it rammed into their cruisers.

An officer discharged his firearm, the SIU says, which struck the 31-year-old man, sending him to hospital.

Two officers were also taken to hospital for treatment of injuries.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials that may have resulted in death, serious injury and sexual assault.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2021.

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