SIU probes police use of sock gun during incident in Scarborough
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Published Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:30PM EDT
Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating an incident involving the firing of a sock gun by a Toronto police officer at a 42-year-old man in Scarborough Saturday morning.
The Special Investigations Unit said officers were called to an apartment complex in the area of Ellesmere Road and Morningside Avenue just after 5:30 a.m.
A man was reportedly threatening others at the complex, the SIU said. When officers arrived, they encountered the man in a hallway.
The SIU said an interaction ensued and one officer discharged a sock gun.
The man was later taken into custody.
While the man was not seriously injured, the SIU said it invoked its mandate because a sock gun, which is considered a firearm that can cause serious injury, was discharged.
The SIU said two investigators and a forensic investigator have been assigned to the case.
Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529