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Ontario’s police watchdog says it’s investigating the death of an axe-wielding man who was shot by two officers in southwestern Ontario.

The Special Investigations Unit says police and other emergency crews responded to a fire in a home around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Exeter.

A 44-year-old man came out of the residence carrying an axe.

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The unit says there was some type of encounter and two officers shot the man multiple times.

The Special Investigations Unit is an arm’s-length agency that steps in when police action leads to death or injuries.

It also investigates allegations of sexual assault involving police.

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