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SIU probes police shooting in Toronto; two men in hospital

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after an early-morning police shooting sent two men to hospital.

Plainclothes police officers from the York Regional Police's hold-up unit tried to stop a vehicle shortly after 3 a.m. Friday near Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West in Toronto.

"During that time, there were a number of shots fired," said Frank Phillips, a spokesman for the SIU.

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When the vehicle would not stop, Mr. Phillips said officers used their unmarked police vehicles to box it in a short distance away near Weston Road and Ray Avenue.

The male passenger sustained life-threatening gunshot injuries and was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital. The male driver was taken to Humber River Regional Hospital in serious condition.

A police officer received a minor hand injury in the incident and was treated in hospital.

York Regional Police said its officers were investigating a suspect wanted for a series of gas-station robberies throughout the Greater Toronto Area that began last month.

The SIU, which investigates cases of injury or death involving police, has assigned 10 field investigators and four forensic investigators to the case.

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