Toronto Police Fatally Shoot Man Carrying Rifle Near Elementary School

Toronto police fatally shot a man who was seen carrying a rifle near an elementary school on May 26 afternoon, prompting emergency lockdowns at nearby schools.

Officers responded to reports of a man, described to be in his late teens or early 20s, carrying a rifle in the Port Union area of Scarborough at about 1 p.m. local time.

Toronto Police Chief James Ramer told reporters that the suspect died from gunshot wounds after he “confronted” responding officers.

The incident did not take place on school property, but multiple schools entered lockdown as a precautionary measure.

“I want to reiterate that there is no threat to the public, as this is believed to be an isolated incident,” Ramer said.

Nobody is believed to have suffered from any injury as a result of the May 26 incident, according to Ramer.

Ramer said that he was “prohibited” from sharing details as the police watchdog Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is conducting an ongoing investigation.

Officers have not identified the suspect.

“Due to the proximity to a school, I certainly understand the trauma and how traumatic this must have been for the staff, students and parents, given the recent events that have happened in the United States,” Ramer said, referring to the Texas elementary school shooting that killed 21 people earlier this week.

SIU spokesperson Kristy Denette said that two officers fired their weapons at the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Denette also said that investigators recovered a long barrel firearm, but it was too soon to confirm if the man was holding the weapon when officers shot him.

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