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Toronto police shoot man cutting himself with knife

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 19, 2014 in Crime
Toronto police shot a man who wielded a knife in the loading dock area of a Walmart in the Agincourt Mall Thursday afternoon. As many as three shots were fired and the Toronto Star reported that the man was hit twice in the abdomen.
The wounded man, in his 40s, was taken to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at around 5 p.m. As of late Friday he remained in hospital and is being described as being in critical but stable condition.
Police got a call saying a man was in the back of the Walmart at Kennedy Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. Thursday afternoon. He was in the loading area and cutting his wrists and throat with a butcher knife. It has not been made known by police what occurred to cause one or more officers to fire at the man.
"We received a call for man wielding a large knife, cutting his own throat and wrists at rear of the mall," Const. David Hopkinson said. "Officers responded and began speaking to the man and then shots were fired. We can't comment on what prompted the gunfire."
The Star has reported that an employee of Walmart, who declined being identified, has said that the man works in the Walmart food department and that when he was shot he was on his break.
“I was waiting for my daughter to pick her up from the library,” a witness told CTV News. “I hear three sounds, like a pop, pop, pop.”
The province's Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was called to the scene and is investigating. The statement they gave, however, also did not give details of the shooting itself. “There was an interaction between police and the man," the SIU statement said. "Resulting in the man being shot."
Walmart issued a statement confirming the man is a store employee; the statement also said that they are "hoping for the very best."
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