Man reportedly wielding hatchet in Toronto’s west end shot by officer, police say

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a man who reportedly wielding a hachet at a west-end Toronto plaza was shot by an officer.

Emergency crews were called to a plaza at the corner of Twenty Fourth Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West, near Humber College’s Lakeshore campus, at around 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.

Toronto police said in an update posted on Twitter that there were multiple reports of a man “with a hatchet/axe screaming at people.”

After the man was located by officers, the service said “it is believed that an officer discharged their firearm.”

A Toronto Paramedics spokesperson told Global News the man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

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The Special Investigations Unit invoked its mandate to probe the conduct of the responding officer(s).

More to come.

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