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Man shot by police was armed with an ‘edged weapon’: SIU

The Special Investigations Unit has filed their first public statement regarding the Feb. 21 incident in which Greater Sudbury Police shot a man
The front door to a house on Jean Street in Sudbury’s Donovan Neighbourhood is seen off its hinges on the evening of Feb. 21, following an incident in which police shot a man.

The 40-year-old man shot by Greater Sudbury Police on Wednesday was armed with an edged weapon, according to the Special Investigations Unit’s first public report regarding the incident.

The shooting took place at a Jean Street residence in Sudbury’s Donovan neighbourhood at approximately 3 p.m.

The SIU’s initial report echoes much of what Greater Sudbury Police reported in a media release issued Wednesday afternoon, including that the man had barricaded himself in his residence and attempts by police to negotiate with him were unsuccessful.

Between the SIU and GSPS media releases, it has been reported that police were dispatched to the residence in relation to an “armed, barricaded person” at approximately noon.

A Feeney Warrant was applied for, which granted police entry to the residence, which the GSPS Emergency Response Unit did at approximately 3 p.m.

The building’s exterior was seen with police tape stretched across it on Wednesday night, and the front door was off its hinges.

“During interactions with the aggressive armed male, officers discharged a less-lethal firearm and a firearm resulting in non-life-threatening injuries to the armed male,” according to the GSPS media release.

The SIU release noted that one police officer discharged his firearm, and that the man surrendered and was taken to hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.

Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case, according to the SIU release.

The SIU is also “urging” anyone with information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact their lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online on its website.

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