Ontario man shot by police dies in hospital

Image copyright GCB Image caption The man died a week after being shot by police in Brampton, Ont. Hundreds of Homicide officers are investigating a man’s death who was shot by police in Brampton,…

Ontario man shot by police dies in hospital

Image copyright GCB Image caption The man died a week after being shot by police in Brampton, Ont.

Hundreds of Homicide officers are investigating a man’s death who was shot by police in Brampton, Ont.

On Saturday, the 37-year-old was shot during a car chase near a Subway restaurant. He later died in hospital.

A news conference was being held on Sunday morning.

Brampton is roughly 30 miles (50km) east of Toronto.

“In a short period of time he died,” Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans said at the news conference.

“What happened, why happened and how it happened remain under investigation.”

Image copyright GCB Image caption Toronto Mayor John Tory urged citizens not to share any images online

She described him as “peaceful and friendly” and said he had been intoxicated.

“The allegations of the specific act that we have said this man was involved in – we cannot corroborate them.”

The shooting took place at around 7:15pm GMT on Saturday. It happened outside a Subway restaurant, where the 37-year-old was arrested, after an incident earlier in the day, where he was arrested for public intoxication.

His male passenger fled the scene and the police were alerted. A woman also got out of the vehicle and was arrested.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, according to police.

Image copyright GCB Image caption The investigation will centre on the shooting of a man by police officers, say police

He was taken to the hospital and later died, Peel Regional Police told reporters on Saturday.

Police officers were also removed from streets over the weekend to limit the chance of tension in the community.

Police said they had been instructed not to speak publicly about the case until Sunday’s news conference.

Police have also issued a request to the public to stay away from social media in relation to the case.

Toronto Mayor John Tory urged citizens not to share any images online.

Image copyright GCB Image caption Toronto’s police chief also urged members of the public not to share any images online

“The Brampton shooting is too horrible to contemplate. So many people are involved,” said Mr Tory.

He said it was unclear whether the case will prompt “any concrete suggestions or changes to the way policing is done here”.

Police did not identify the man or the woman they arrested.

The suspect’s car crashed into a cruiser, and some of the officers discharged their firearms, according to a Toronto Star report.

Image copyright GCB Image caption A cyclist was photographed leaving the scene of the shooting

A 30-year-old cyclist, who gave his name only as Sahib, said he saw police deploy their batons and then another wave of officers on foot.

Another witness said the vehicle drove into his car while he was travelling to the scene.

The Independent Investigations Office said their investigations were ongoing and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The office – a provincial agency that investigates police-involved incidents in which the deaths or serious injuries of the public occur – said police are allowed to use guns when they “reasonably believe an assault” will occur.

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