Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Charges against Toronto Officer Who Fatally Shot Hammer-Wielding Man

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Charges against Toronto Officer Who Fatally Shot Hammer-Wielding Man

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No charges against cop who shot man with hammer

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TORONTO - Ontario's police watchdog says a Toronto police officer who fatally shot a man armed with a hammer didn't exceed the range of justifiable force.

The Special Investigations Unit says it will not lay charges against the officer who shot Andrew Loku, 45, around midnight on July 5, 2015.

The SIU says police were called to a third-floor apartment by a woman who said Loku had a hammer and was threatening to kill her friend.

It says two officers arrived moments later and confronted Loku in the hallway.

The agency says the officers had their guns drawn and repeatedly told Loku to drop the hammer as he walked towards them.

It says Loku continued to move towards the officers, raising the hammer above his head, and was shot twice when he came within two or three metres of one officer. …

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