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A member of the Special Investigations Unit inspects a used shell casing after a man was fatally shot by the police after allegedly threatening officers with scissors in Toronto on Feb. 3, 2012. (Chris Young For The Globe and Mail/Chris Young For The Globe and Mail)
A member of the Special Investigations Unit inspects a used shell casing after a man was fatally shot by the police after allegedly threatening officers with scissors in Toronto on Feb. 3, 2012. (Chris Young For The Globe and Mail/Chris Young For The Globe and Mail)

Inquest called in death of Toronto man shot by cop after escaping from hospital Add to ...

A coroner's inquest has been launched in the death of a man shot by Toronto police.

The Special Investigations Unit ruled last month there were no grounds to lay charges against the officer who shot Michael Eligon.

But the 29-year-old's death has raised concerns about how police are trained to handle people with mental illness.

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Mr. Eligon was shot on Feb. 3 after he escaped from Toronto East General Hospital.

Police were responding to reports that a man in a hospital gown was involved in a stabbing incident.

They say an officer opened fire when Mr. Eligon, who was armed with scissors, advanced on police.

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