Investigators have recovered a pellet gun from the scene where Toronto police shot and killed a man suspected of carrying a rifle, an incident that prompted five nearby schools to be placed on precautionary lockdown.
Police attended the Scarborough neighborhood on Thursday after receiving multiple 911 calls about a man walking with a gun and located him shortly after, the Special Investigations Unit said Friday ( SIU) of the Province of Ontario in a press release. The 27-year-old man was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.
Toronto Police Chief James Ramer told reporters that officers responding to calls were confronted by the man, but declined to give further details, citing an ongoing investigation. This was after police said on Twitter that officers shot and injured the suspect.
The incident came days after a gunman in Texas killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school. The shooting in Texas has raised more concerns about increasing gun violence.
Mass shootings are rare in Canada, where gun control laws are stricter than in the United States.
The investigation is ongoing and a post-mortem examination is scheduled for Saturday, said the SIU, which is an independent government agency charged with investigating the conduct of those responsible, including police officers.
The SIU aims to complete its investigation within 120 days, but the timeframe may vary depending on the case.
Canada’s firearm homicide rate is 0.5 per 100,000 population, well below the US rate of 4.12, according to a 2021 analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.