Categories: World News

Canada Police Shoot Man Seen With Rifle In Toronto

A picture of the Canadian flag used to illustrate the story.


Police in Canada’s largest city Toronto on Thursday fatally shot a man armed with a rifle, local media reported, in an incident that forced several schools into lockdown just two days after a deadly assault on a US primary school.

Bystanders alerted police to the man’s presence in an eastern neighborhood of Toronto, and the circumstances of what transpired next were not immediately clear.

But city police chief James Ramer told reporters that the suspect, described as a man in his late teens or early 20s, was dead after he had “confronted” responding officers, without elaborating.

The police force’s Twitter account said that after officers located the man, a “police firearm” was “discharged.”

A spokeswoman for the Special Investigations Unit told the CBC that preliminary evidence showed that two police officers had fired their weapons, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was not clear if the man was holding the weapon when police shot him.

Ramer said he was unable to offer more details, as the incident was under investigation.

READ ALSO: Six Senegalese Midwives Charged Over Pregnant Woman’s Death

“There’s no threat to public safety,” he said.

“Due to the proximity to a school, I certainly understand the trauma and how traumatic this must have been for staff, students and parents, given recent events that have happened in the United States,” the chief added.

On Tuesday, a shooting at a Texas elementary school left 21 dead — 19 children and two teachers.


Emmanuel Egobiambu

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

Lagos Assembly Not Fighting Sanwo-Olu, Says Speaker Obasa

According , said the Assembly exercised its constitutional responsibility by confirming and rejecting some of…

9 seconds ago

JUST IN: FG Will Complete Lagos-Ibadan Expressway By Mid-September, Says Umahi

Construction work is ongoing on the last stretch of both sides of the expressway after…

15 mins ago

Rapper Eminem Tells Ramaswamy To Drop The Mic, Quit Playing Songs

Ramaswamy, who likens himself as "Trump 2.0," has risen surprisingly to third place among Republicans…

18 mins ago

Japan Slams China Harassment Over Fukushima Water Release

Last week, China banned all seafood imports from its neighbour as Japan began releasing treated…

45 mins ago

Tinubu Govt Lists Security, Rule Of Law, Anti-Corruption In Eight-Point Agenda

Finance minister Wale Edun listed the items during an interaction with journalists, following the inaugural…

49 mins ago

Sudan Army Chief Visits Egypt As Deadly Violence Grips Darfur

The war between Burhan and his former deputy turned rival Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands…

1 hour ago