21-Yr-Old North York Man Dies in Police Shooting

Toronto police has confirmed that one of its officer shot a 21-year-old North York man while attending a report about an altercation between two men, one of whom allegedly had a gun, on Sunday night. According to the statement, the officers arrived at the Leslie subway station at Leslie St. and Sheppard Ave. E. to investigate a report made at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday.

The investigators have revealed that one of the two men fled to a nearby park, where there was a confrontation with Toronto police that resulted in an officer shooting him. Thereafter, paramedics were called to the scene at 11:34 p.m. and the man was transported to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he was pronounced dead soon after. It was announced early Monday morning that the Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) will be investigating the incident. The SIU is mandated to investigate incidents of death, serious injury and allegations of sexual assault involving police.

Although the name of the victim has not yet been officially confirmed, neighbors have identified the victim as Alex from the Wettlaufer family. A neighbour who lived in the housing complex just north of Sheppard on Leslie for more than two decades, Lilieth Rankine, explained that she has known the young man’s family for years. She elucidated that “he’s a good kid, went to school, finished school,” adding that “I don’t get it… What happened? Can you imagine what the community is going through?”

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