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2013-12-14 at 10:31

Subway shooting

By The Canadian Press
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TORONTO - Ontario's police watchdog says four officers are believed to have fired their guns in a police shooting inside a downtown Toronto subway station that sent a young man to hospital and commuters scrambling for safety.

The Special Investigations Unit's Carm Piro says a total of nine officers responded to an incident around 8 p.m. Friday at Queen Station after calls about a "suspicious person" on a subway train.

He says the person had a weapon, but wouldn't elaborate.

Piro says it's believed four of the officers discharged their weapons, sending an 18-year-old man to hospital where he was reportedly in stable condition.

The SIU says the man's his family isn't consenting to his name being released.

Eyewitness Kevin Chan told reporters it was a frightening and chaotic scene onboard the subway train at the Queen station that serves the Eaton Centre shopping mall.

"It was like people panicking, screaming and then people saying 'get off'... some people were crying," he said.

Other witnesses said several shots were fired after police ordered a man to drop a weapon. These accounts, however, have not been confirmed by police or the SIU.

The Yonge Street subway line resumed service between Union and Bloor stations early Saturday afternoon after being shut down since Friday night.

The SIU said it had assigned nine investigators and four forensic investigators to the case.

The unit is automatically called in to review cases where police actions result in serious injury or death.

The Canadian Press
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