Woman dead after police shooting

Special Investigations Unit looking into incident on Wedgewood Drive

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate after a woman was fatally shot at a North York home.

On the morning of Oct. 7, Toronto police were called to a residence on Wedgewood Drive, a residential street located north of Cummer Avenue.

There, officers encountered a woman and, according to a statement from the SIU, an officer’s firearm was discharged at least once. The woman was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with a gunshot wound, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to one neighbour, police remained on scene throughout the day and still had the area taped off over five hours after the incident.

The Wedgewood Avenue resident said she became aware of the situation only when she saw police cars parked on the street. She declined to give her name.

Constable Tony Vella of Toronto Police confirmed officers responded to a 9:34 a.m. call about a person with a knife in the residence. He declined to provide additional details, citing the SIU investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates incidents involving police in which there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.


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By: Karolyn Coorsh
Posted: Oct 7 2011 3:27 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto
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