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The Ontario Special Investigations Unit is probing a fatal shooting involving police in downtown Toronto early Saturday.

The SIU says in a release that a 21-year-old man was shot during an "interaction" with police after officers approached a vehicle about 2 a.m, the police watchdog later identified the man as Kwasi Skene-Peters.

Several local media outlets say Skene-Peters was wanted on first degree murder charges in the slaying of two men in Toronto last month.

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The SIU did not immediately verify the information but a Toronto police release from June said an arrest warrant was issued for a suspect of the same name and age.

Skene-Peters was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The SIU says it has assigned five investigators and four forensic investigators to probe the incident. Two subject officers have been designated.

Toronto police say they cannot comment because the SIU is investigating.

The agency is automatically called in when there is a death, serious injury or allegation of sexual assault involving police.

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