Search team officers stand outside of an apartment building following an overnight standoff, which lasted for several hours, in Vaughan, Ont., Monday, May 14, 2018. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)
Police are investigating the death of a man they believe may have been shot by an officer in Vaughan, Ont., but could not confirm the person’s identity or cause of death.
Special Const. Sandasha Bough told reporters on Monday that a 911 call was made reporting a man with a gun in a southwest Toronto neighbourhood at 1:42 a.m. Police rushed to the area and went to an apartment in the 2700 block of Garnet Avenue. Officers made contact with a person at the door and tried to speak with the man.
“While engaging the individual, the individual was shot and killed,” Bough said.
Bough did not comment on whether the incident was being investigated as a death in custody, saying that was only “part of the process at this point.”
Herbet said the emergency response team is assisting the investigation. As of Monday afternoon, they were still inside the apartment. The national media was not allowed inside the apartment.
“There are scenes that have to be processed,” Bough said. “That does take time.”
An ambulance took the body away, then police are working to notify the family of the person who died.
Afternoon temperatures at Willowgrove Health Services in Vaughan dropped to 17 degrees Celsius. Police also gave no indication that this incident could disrupt school bus service.
The news comes as teachers across the province are on strike, including in Vaughan.
–With files from Tania Golike