MAPLE, Ont. — A dramatic hostage situation at a bank north of Toronto ended abruptly on Wednesday when police killed a gunman.
No one else was injured but those inside the Royal Bank branch in Maple, Ont., were "definitely traumatized," said York region police Const. Andy Pattenden.
"We did have to use lethal force in order to gain control of that subject," Pattenden said.
Police raced to the scene after a call at about 1 p.m. and arrived at the branch to find a gunman as well as a number of other people inside, both staff and clients.
"Officers arriving on the scene were able to get some of those inside out to safety," Pattenden said. "It did turn into a hostage situation for us."
The bank is situated in a plaza along with a child-care centre, dentist office, drug store and other outlets. Police said many people were in the plaza at the time, and some reported being told to take cover as the drama unfolded. A negotiating team was brought in, to no avail.
Investigators were still in the process of clearing the bank and checking a vehicle to try to find out more about the man and his motivation.
Pattenden said he had no details on how many people were caught up in the bank or whether the man made any specific demands.
"I can't even tell you it was a robbery," Pattenden said. "(But) being in the bank with a gun was very threatening."