Man shot by Toronto police after schools closed had pellet gun, police watchdog says

A man shot dead by police after reports that a person with a gun forced several schools into lockdown in Toronto on Thursday actually had a pellet gun, the Ontario police watchdog has said.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) also says the man was 27 years old.

Tornoto Police Chief James Ramer said officers were called to the Port Union area of ​​Scarborough around 1 p.m. Thursday to reports of a person with a gun.

He said officers were “confronted” with an individual, who he confirmed was dead.

Ramer declined to elaborate, citing an investigation by the SIU.

The SIU confirmed to CBC News Friday morning that a pellet gun was recovered from the scene.

SIU spokeswoman Kristy Denette said preliminary details indicate two officers fired their weapons at the suspect.

The Special Investigations Unit says it recovered a pellet gun from the scene where a 27-year-old man was shot dead by Toronto police. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

“The investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances that led the police to shoot the man,” Denette said.

The agency says it has assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to the case.

Four schools near Maberley Crescent and Oxhorn Road have been temporarily locked down after reports a man was walking with a gun.

The incident comes just two days after a gunman walked into a classroom at an elementary school in Texas and killed 19 children and two teachers.

At a news conference Thursday, Ramer said there was no threat to public safety, but officers would be stepping up patrols near schools at this time.