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2 Toronto officers cleared in 2013 fatal shooting

The province Special Investigations Unit has cleared two Toronto police officers of any wrong doing after a man was fatally shot at an apartment in the Sherbourne and Wellesley streets area following a standoff with police in 2013.

On Nov. 13, two officers attempted to arrest a 31 year old man wanted for an outstanding warrant. As he fled from police into a nearby building, the man pointed what appeared to be a gun at one of the officers, shooting several times. The gun was later determined to be a pellet gun.

The man then ran to the rear porch of 437 Sherbourne St. and a standoff ensued. The Emergency Task Force was called to the scene and a negotiator tried to negotiate with the jerseys

The SIU says the man then sprung up from his hiding spot and pointed his gun at officers situated on Sherbourne, at which point police shot him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“In the final analysis, I am satisfied that the subject officers acted in the reasonable belief that the lives of their team members and other officers were in imminent peril, SIU director Tony Loparco said in a statement Friday. on the evidence the subject officers were justified in discharging their firearms pursuant to section 34 of the Criminal Code. says officers, as well as witnesses, said they were under the impression that the gun was real.

the aftermath of the incident it was discovered that the man was actually armed with a pellet gun, not a genuine firearm. However, that fact would not have been apparent at the time of the shooting, he said. the officers may have been mistaken as to the type of weapon the man had in his possession, it was a mistake that was reasonable in the circumstances. identity of the man, as well as the officers involved, has not been released.