Driver shot after allegedly attempting to flee police at Toronto-Vaughan border

Officials say a man has been taken to hospital in serious condition after a shooting during a “police interaction” at the TorontoVaughan border Tuesday evening.

York Regional Police told Global News that officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area of Islington Avenue and Steeles Avenue West at around 8:15 p.m.

A spokesperson said there was a “police interaction.”

Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has invoked its mandate and is investigating the incident.

According to an SIU release, York police attempted to stop the driver of a reportedly stolen vehicle when shortly after, the driver hit a civilian vehicle.

The SIU said there was a confrontation between police and the driver, resulting in one officer firing his gun. The driver was struck and was transported to hospital, where he remains in serious condition, the SIU said.

A York Regional Police spokesperson also said an officer was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Police also added that a second person was taken into custody.

The suspects have not yet been identified.

The SIU is an independent agency that investigates incidents involving police that have resulted in death, serious injury or alleged sexual assault. Anyone with information or video related to this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

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