Around 7:40 a.m., police responded to call about a man breaking into cars on Epping Street, near the intersection of The Westway and Islington Avenue, the SIU said in a news release.
When police arrived, a confrontation ensued between officers and the suspect. Shots were fired, and the suspect, a man in his late 20s, sustained gunshot wounds.
EMS crews arrived on scene and transported him to Sunnybrook Hospital.
Neighbours describe hearing two shots, with screams ringing out before and after the gunfire.
One described going outside and seeing a man lying on the ground yelling, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I don’t want to die.”
The SIU is called in whenever police officers are involved in incidents in which someone has been seriously injured, dies or alleges sexual assault.
Toronto police say they are not commenting on the case, citing the SIU investigation.
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