A GTA Man Was Shot By Police In His Own Home During A Wellness Check On Saturday
The SIU is now investigating.
A 62-year-old GTA man is dead after a Peel Police shooting in his home on Saturday. The Special Investigations Unit is conducting a probe after video footage surfaced online of an officer firing into the unit from the balcony. According to the family, the man was having a schizophrenic episode when first responders were called to the residence.
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In a tweet from Peel Police, the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:38 p.m. It happened at 3425 Morning Star Dr. in Malton.
The SIU report is leaving the man unnamed at the request of the family.
Their statement says that "during an interaction with police at the man’s home, an officer discharged his firearm at the man multiple times, and the man was struck. He was pronounced deceased at the scene."
Video footage surfaced of the moment that shots were fired. Three officers appear to have used ladders to climb onto the balcony and can be seen kicking in the door.
One of them takes multiple shots into the apartment before all three of them head inside.
CBC reports that the family had initially called a non-emergency ambulance to their residence that evening.
However, upon arrival, the first responders called police due to weapons on the premises.
The interaction lasted a few hours, according to reports. Officers arrived at 5 p.m., and the man was pronounced dead past 8:30 p.m.
The SIU also reports that officers used "a conducted energy weapon at the man, as well as firing plastic projectiles from an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield."
"When these had no effect, an officer discharged a firearm and the man was struck," it says.
Peel Police revealed to CBC that a crisis negotiator was contacted, but could not confirm if they had ever arrived.
Officers made the decision to enter the unit without a negotiator present.
The family has spoken out, saying that the situation was handled with excessive force.
In an interview with CP24, a nephew of the victim said that they had called first responders to help their family member.
"That is how you deal with mentally ill patients... We called these guys to help us. This is what they do?"
"There are reports in the news saying they try to deescalate the situation. I was there. There was no conversation," he said.
The family will be holding a rally in the neighbourhood to raise awareness about the case, Newstalk1010 tweets.