09/25/2014 05:54 EDT | Updated 11/25/2014 05:59 EST

Brampton Police Shooting Leaves Man Dead

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A man died after he was shot by police during a traffic stop in Brampton, Ont., last night.

At 10:04 p.m. ET, an officer made a stop at Queen Street and Kennedy Road in Brampton, about 45 kilometres west of Toronto, Peel Regional Police say.

Richard Appleby told CBC News he witnessed the shooting while outside on a break from his job at Crabby Joe's restaurant. He said the man was slowly walking toward officers with his arms outstretched when he was shot.

"I heard the police officer say 'drop the knife' a couple of times and something to effect of 'don't make us shoot you," Appleby said. "Like, 'we don't want to shoot you, drop the knife.'"

Appleby said he heard four shots but did not see a knife.

Police say the man was taken without vital signs to Brampton Civic Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

"I had never seen anybody get shot. I've never seen a real gun even be shot," said Appleby. "It's not like the movies. I just saw him drop. I was just praying that they were rubber bullets. I don't know what was going on. I thought they were going to Taser him."

The province's Special Investigations Unit — which probes all instances in which someone is killed or injured during an interaction with police — has been called in.


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