Sunday , March 7 2021

'Shots fired' in police operation at Elmvale mall

Provincial officials have confirmed that they are investigating the shooting death of a 30-year-old man in a clash with police on Thursday morning at the Elmvale Acres Shopping Center on St. Laurent Boulevard.

An unidentified police officer was injured in the "interaction," said the Special Investigations Unit. The SIU investigates cases of death, serious injuries and allegations of sexual assault involving police officers in the province.

The agency said it would publish more information later.

No further information was provided about the wounded policeman.

Police responded to the Elmvale Acres Shopping Center on St. Laurent Boulevard just before 8 am after receiving a report that a man in black was seen entering the mall with a knife in his hand.

A large area was secluded at the mall, across from the Loblaws store and the RBC bank branch on the west end of the mall.

Unconfirmed reports on the scene indicated that the victim appeared to have been shot in the area of ​​the leg and shoulder.

Yvan Simard, a janitor who works in the area, said he saw police officers performing CPR on a black man in their 30s until the paramedics arrived.

Police had roadblocks around the shopping mall south of Smyth Road and the OC Transpo closed the nearby Elmval station "until further notice."

Google map of elmvale acres shopping center

A city police spokesman could not confirm whether it was a suspect or a police officer who fired shots. No arrests were made.

Const. Chuck Benoit said there is no threat to public safety.

The Provincial Special Investigations Unit, charged with investigating all the shootings involved with the police, invoked his mandate in the case, police said.

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