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SIU investigating after serious facial injury sustained in Toronto raid

Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm EDT

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders speaks at a news conference about Project Kronic, targeting the Driftwood Crips gang, in Toronto on June 15, 2017. CITYNEWS

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a man suffered a serious facial injury during a police raid.

The Special Investigations Unit says the injury occurred early Thursday morning when officers from London, Ont., were helping Toronto police execute a search warrant at an apartment on Shoreham Drive, near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West in Toronto. It was part of an investigation into a street gang with links across the province and Western Canada.

Hundreds of police officers descended on nearly 80 homes across Ontario on Thursday as part of the Project Kronic investigation targeting the Driftwood Crips.

The SIU says officers interacted with the man, whom police believe to be in his 60s, and he was injured and taken to hospital.

Paramedics say his injuries are not life-threatening.

The SIU investigates reports of death, serious injury and sexual assault involving police.

With files from News Staff