Naked man shot by police dies in hospital

Durham Regional Police officers work at the scene of a police shooting in Ajax on December 2, 2013....

Durham Regional Police officers work at the scene of a police shooting in Ajax on December 2, 2013. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

TORONTO - A 47-year-old man who was gunned down while naked during a confrontation with Durham police this week has died in hospital.

The deadly encounter happened in Ajax — in the Westney-Rossland Rds. area — around 10 a.m. Monday when Durham Regional Police responded to disturbance calls about a man “acting in a strange manner,” Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit.

“There was an interaction between police and the man,” the SIU said Tuesday, explaining “an officer discharged his firearm, striking the man.”

There have been six police shootings involving GTA officers — four in Toronto — during the last two months. Three of those shootings were fatal.

In the Ajax incident, witnesses claimed the man was running around naked prior to the confrontation with police.

He suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds and was rushed to Rouge Valley Hospital in critical condition. He was later air-lifted to the trauma centre at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.


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