Another Shooting but by Police this time

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CARLOS OSORIO/THE TORONTO STAR
Police cordoned off Riverdale Park after a man was fatally shot during a confrontation with officers there on Oct. 31, 2007.

Nov 01, 2007 07:36 AM


Staff Reporter

Toronto police shot a man to death in last night in one of two incidents that sent gunshot victims to hospital.

According to the province’s Special Investigations Unit, the man was shot in Riverdale Park as two police officers moved in to arrest two robbery suspects.

In a statement released this morning, the SIU said the man became involved in an altercation with one of the officers before he was shot.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to St. Michael’s hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Several people were taken into police custody, but it was not immediately clear whether they were witnesses or suspects.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates incidents involving police that result in serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault.

The Riverdale shooting was the first of two in the city last night.

Just before midnight, a 22-year-old man was shot in the stomach at the Paradiso restaurant on Bloor St. near Ossington Ave.

In that case, police say the suspect entered the restaurant through the back door and fired three or four shots at the victim before fleeing.

The victim was taken to hospital in serious condition.

Investigators say no witnesses saw the suspect enter the restaurant, and that no bullet casings were found at the shooting scene.

– With files from Justin Piercy and Noor Javed

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