Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Officers Shot Mentally Unstable Woman in Self-Defence, SIU Finds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Officers Shot Mentally Unstable Woman in Self-Defence, SIU Finds

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Officers shot woman in self-defence: SIU

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Two Toronto police officers who shot a mentally unstable woman armed with a meat cleaver several times after she threatened to harm her young son and paramedics last November won't be facing charges.

Ontario's police watchdog agency says several people, including the 45-year-old woman, had called 911, and paramedics who responded left after the woman ran at them brandishing the knife.

The Special Investigations Unit says two officers arrived and the woman ignored several demands that she drop the knife over a period of about a minute before she rushed at them.

Unknown to the two officers, another officer with a Taser had positioned himself behind them and he deployed his weapon around the same time as the officers fired their guns, injuring her in the abdomen, pelvis and right arm.

The SIU says the young boy did not witness the shooting as he had left the house through another exit during the standoff. …

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