The province’s Special Investigations Unit is probing a shooting involving York Regional Police, which shut down Weston Road for several hours on Friday.
It started shortly after 3am, as officers were tailing two men in a burgundy minivan they suspected were involved in a string of gas station robberies. Gunfire and a kilometre-long pursuit followed.
It ended at Ray Ave. and Weston, just north of Eglinton, when officers boxed in the wounded suspects outside a Coffee Time donut shop.
The passenger was taken to Sunnybrook hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head. The driver was also hit and taken to Humber River Regional Hospital in serious condition.
A police officer had his hand broken during the incident.
“What I can tell you is that the Special Investigations Unit was contacted at 4:07am by the York Regional Police Service,” said Frank Phillips, SIU communications.
“Shortly after 3am, officers of the York Regional Police attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Weston Road and Victoria. At this location, there were a number of shots fired. The vehicle continued on.
“At present, the SIU has a number of investigators and forensic investigators on the scene and two officers have been identified as subject officers. The SIU is presently identifying other officers that were involved in this. There were some members of the Toronto Police Service also involved in someway.”
The SIU investigates incidents involving police that result in serious injury, death, and allegations of sexual assault.