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A Toronto man shot dead by the police on May 26 was carrying a fake rifle, which was what raised alarms and prompted several Scarborough schools to go into lockdown, an Ontario police watchdog says.
On May 27, a spokesperson for Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) told reporters that the weapon carried by the 27-year-old was a realistic-looking pellet gun.
The Toronto Police Service officials were called to the area of East Avenue and Maberley Crescent in eastern Toronto, at about 1:35 p.m. on May 26, in response to the sighting of a man carrying a firearm.
During the police interaction, two officers shot at the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the SIU said in a news release….