Thursday, November 29, 2007

SIU probes Peel police shooting: Two Peel police officers shot a man inside a Malton variety store after he swung a stick at them, the province's Special Investigations Unit says.

The incident was sparked after officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home on Delmonte Cres., in a Finch Ave.-Highway 427 neighbourhood of northeast Mississauga, around 5 p.m. Saturday.

A man had fled the home and was confronted by police outside the Varimart variety store, just around the corner on Brandon Gate Dr.

"He was standing outside the store swinging a stick," the SIU's Rose Bliss said yesterday.

"Four officers approached. They were involved in a confrontation with him outside the store, which then continued on inside the store," she said. "They made their way to the back of the store where the confrontation escalated and two officers fired their guns."

The article mentions that he Edmonson was swinging a two-by-four. I'm not sure that they had to shoot him, though that does seem to be a reasonable last resort in this situation.

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