Exchange of gunfire between man, officer in Vaughan prompts Ontario’s police watchdog investigation

York Regional Police say a man was shot during an exchange of gunfire with police in Vaughan on Monday, prompting the Special Investigations Unit to investigate the incident.

Police said the shooting happened at 12:30 a.m. on Highway 7 just east of Jane Street.

The SIU, Ontario’s police watchdog, said a 23-year-old man was struck during an exchange of gunfire with York Regional Police officers.

Const. Andy Pattenden told Global News that prior to that, officers were trying to stop a vehicle for an offence but the vehicle did not stop.

Pattenden said officers did not pursue the vehicle but did find the vehicle and the driver a short time later near Highway 7 and Creditstone Road.

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Following the interaction that resulted in a shooting, police said the man was brought to hospital and is in stable condition, Pattenden said.

The SIU is an independent agency that investigates the conduct of officers responding to calls that have resulted in death, serious injury or alleged sexual assault.

The westbound lanes of Highway 7 between Creditstone and Maplecrete roads, just east of Jane Street, are closed for the investigation.

Pattenden said the closure is expected to last most of the day as there is a large area for investigators to conduct their investigation.

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