“Officers located the male and had an interaction at which point a conducted energy weapon was deployed,” Peel Regional Police Cst. Akhil Mooken said.
Ontario's police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is probing the circumstances of the man's death. The SIU is a civilian oversight agency that invokes its mandate when a police interaction leads to death or serious injury.
Peel paramedics said the man is believed to be in his 30s and was in critical condition when he was transported.
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Peel police said the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked its mandate and will be investigating the incident.
Peel Regional Police say they were called to Runningbrook Drive in Mississauga, Ont., around 3:15 a.m. for reports of a "suspicious male causing a disturbance."
The SIU is an independent enforcement agency that investigates incidents involving police that have resulted in death, serious injury or alleged sexual assault.
SIU investigating death of man in Mississauga following interaction with police on Runningbrook Drive. SIU spokesperson en route to scene.
DISTURBANCE:C/R 3:17amRunningbrook DriveMale adult tasered by police and taken to local hospital.Male was pronounced deceased at 4:[email protected] will be in the office at 6amSIU has invoked their mandate 19-0423475
The provinces police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who was Tasered by police in Mississauga early this morning.
Police were called to Runningbrook Drive, near Tomken Road and Bloor Street, at around 3 a.m. for a report of a "suspicious person" in the area.
"Officers located the male and had an interaction, at which point a conducted energy weapon was deployed," Const. Akhil Mooken told reporters at the scene.
Several police cruisers, three ambulances, and one fire truck all responded to the scene on Wednesday morning.
Roman Haruk, who lives in the neighbourhood, said he frequently sees people hanging out in a park near the area where the interaction took place.
The dog started to bark at about three in the morning… So I got up to take a look to see what was going on, Haruk said.
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Sure enough, we saw a group of people out here and a police officer, I guess, dealing with them. And then shortly after all the cruisers started pulling up.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been called in to probe the circumstances surrounding the interaction.
The SIU is an arms length agency called in to investigate whenever police are involved in an incident resulting in a death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.