A domestic incident has put a man in critical condition on Tuesday. Hamilton police shot a person of interest outside of a convenience store at around 3:30 on July 7, 2020, after responding to call that was “domestic in nature.” Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit is now investigating the circumstances of the police-involved shooting.
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In a statement, the SIU confirmed that they were looking into the situation after a 42-year-old victim was struck by a police bullet.
“At approximately 3:30 p.m. on July 7, 2020, the Hamilton Police Service received a call that was domestic in nature. At around 4 p.m., officers located a person of interest – a 42-year-old man – in a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot located at Cannon Street East and Gage Avenue North,” read a statement from the report.
According to the report, multiple officers made their way towards the car where the suspect was located.
Once there, an "interaction" occurred and two officers fired their guns, hitting the victim, who was transported to the hospital.
According to The Toronto Star, another man was also transported to the hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
SIU investigating after man shot during interaction with Hamilton Police Service officers. More information to come later.— SIU (@SIU)1594170073.0
It is also being reported that a heavy police presence was also spotted with officers seen “walking in and out” of the nearby shop.
The SIU is asking anyone with further information on the case to reach the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.
According to the unit's website, the SIU investigates cases where suspects have been injured or killed by police.
During these investigations, the unit determines whether or not the officer has committed a criminal offence.
The shooting comes at a tense time for the province. Several protests against police brutality have been hosted across Ontario in recent weeks, with demonstrators calling for a “defunding of police.”