An Ontario man was killed on Friday after being shot by a police officer during a confrontation in Toronto, but the force is still refusing to release the details of what happened during the encounter.
According to police, a 26-year-old man was arrested for breaking and entering at the corner of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue and was allegedly carrying a knife when he was shot and killed by an officer.
The man was taken to hospital where he died.
Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash says officers were called to the area of Queen and Spade Street on Friday morning.
A man who was walking in the area was seen with a knife in his hand and a second man was seen holding the knife, Pugash said.
Police say the officers arrived and a struggle broke out between the two men, who then pulled out a gun and shot the man.
Police have not released any details about the officer who was shot or why the officers were shooting.
Police said the officer was taken away in critical condition, but Pugash would not release his condition.
The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General said it was aware of the situation and is working with the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police to learn more about the shooting.
The Toronto Police Association said it has launched an internal investigation into the shooting, and called on the force to release all the information that is currently available to the public.
Police are not releasing the name of the officer, who has been on paid administrative leave since the incident.
Police Chief Bill Blair said the officers involved in the shooting were on routine patrol when they saw a suspect walking in an area where there were weapons.
“We responded in a professional manner and took the appropriate action,” Blair said.
“I am not going to be making any further comments about the circumstances of the incident, nor would I want to speculate as to the officer’s condition.”
“We are doing our best to understand the circumstances as they arise,” he added.
Pugash says the officers did not fire their weapons.
Toronto police said in a statement that they have launched an independent investigation into whether or not officers fired their weapons during the incident.
“We are conducting a thorough internal review of the shooting and will provide updates as necessary,” the statement said.