The Special Investigation Association is investigating after a York area police officer shot a man suspected of driving a stolen car on Tuesday night.
About 8:15 p.m., York police officers identified a stolen vehicle heading west on Steeles Ave. W., east of Islington Ave, and tried to stop it, SIU said in a news release.
Shortly thereafter, the vehicle became involved in a collision with another car, the Ontario Police Director said.
A confrontation broke out between the officers and the driver of the stolen vehicle. One officer unloaded his gun and the driver was struck, the SIU said.
He was taken to a hospital, where he remains in serious condition. A female occupant of the vehicle was taken to hospital as a precaution.
York police said an officer was also taken to hospital as a precaution and was released.
The SIU has nominated one subject officer and five witnesses in its investigation. York Region police are also conducting a parallel investigation.
SIU is the provincial arms agency tasked with investigating police actions that lead to serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault.
August 14, 2019 – Update: This story has been altered from a previously released version to update that SIU reports that the suspect in the stolen car was shot by police. An earlier version of the story also misrepresented the name of spokeswoman Sandra Crescenzi of York Region police.
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