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Streetcar that Sammy Yatim was shot on to return to service

Officers investigate after a man, later identified as Sammy Yatim, 18, was fatally shot during a dispute with police in Toronto on July 27, 2013. CITYNEWS

The streetcar that Sammy Yatim was on when he was fatally shot by a Toronto police officer will return to service, the TTC says.

Transit officials spoke with the Yatim family about their feelings on returning the streetcar to service.

Following the conversation the TTC decided that the vehicle will be back on the street this week and that the vehicle number will not change, Brad Ross said in an e-mail to CityNews.

Yatim, 18, died in hospital after a clash with police just after midnight on July 27 at Dundas Street West and Bellwoods Avenue, west of Bathurst Street.

The Special Investigations Unit said Yatim died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds during an “interaction” with police. A Taser was also used.

Nine shots can be heard on witnesses’ videos, and security camera footage shows Yatim pacing the streetcar then dropping to the floor after the initial volley of three shots. Witnesses said Yatim was armed with a knife.

The TTC continued to run the streetcar for two days after the shooting and then pulled it from service on Tuesday, according to a report by The Toronto Star.

Ross said the TTC needed the streetcar back in service but that they wanted to speak with the Yatim family before any decision was made.