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Man fatally shot by police on George Street, SIU investigating

Last Updated Feb 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm EDT

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating after police fatally shot a man in Toronto’s downtown core early Tuesday morning.

Interim Toronto police chief James Ramer said officers were initially at the scene on George Street near Dundas Street East as part of an investigation into a missing person.

“We’ve had an officers-involved interaction and a man has been killed and the SIU has invoked their mandate so there’s very little I can say,” Ramer explained.

“What I will say is that we were investigating, trying to locate a missing person, and our officers came into contact with an individual.”

In an update later Tuesday, police said they now “have reason to believe a person has died under suspicious circumstances” but added that, it’s “not yet known if it is the missing woman police were initially searching for.”

“A body has not yet been located and investigators continue to carry out inquiries to establish the full circumstances.”

According to the SIU, officers entered an apartment building on George Street around 3:30 a.m. and headed to a unit on the third floor. Shortly after entering the unit, officers got into an altercation with a 45-year-old man.

The SIU said both officers shot at the man. One of the bullets struck him in the chest.

Paramedics rushed the victim to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but he died shortly after.

Neither officer was injured in the altercation.