Man shot by undercover Peel police
A third man also fled the scene of the police
shooting, where undercover officers from Peel
police were investigating a stolen vehicle.
The province’s Special Investigation Unit
began probing the shooting scene outside the
Rona Home & Garden Centre near Eglinton Ave. W.
and Winston Churchill Blvd. following the 7 p.m.
In an initial release from the SIU late
Tuesday night, investigators said one of the
officers fired a shot into the vehicle after
confronting the three men inside.
Taking a break during a training shift at the
McDonald’s directly across the parking lot from
the shooting, Stephanie Kuhn, 16, said the scene
was unlike any other.
“All of a sudden we just heard a bang,” said
Kuhn, who was with the two employees she was
training at the time. “We weren’t sure if it was
a firework or something but we looked and all we
saw was a guy in a car with a gun.”
Six to eight people surrounded the boxed-in
vehicle immediately after the shots were fired,
Kuhn said, and she heard someone yelling ‘Get on
the ground. Get on the ground.”
Kuhn and other witnesses were not at first
aware that the shooting involved undercover
officers from the Peel police department until
uniformed officers surrounded the area moments
after shots were fired.
When she heard someone yelling to call an
ambulance, Kuhn made the emergency call from her
cellphone, but said two or three marked police
vehicles were on the scene within three minutes,
and the ambulance was there just a minute later.
The suspects, one who shot in the upper
chest, were described as men in their mid-20s.
A single gunshot penetrated the windshield of
the dark blue Chevy Trailblazer, but police
would not confirm that the man was shot when he
refused to drop a handgun, as some witnesses
said they had heard.
The bleeding victim was taken to Toronto’s
St. Michael’s Hospital where he was undergoing
A surveillance camera is situated at a Rona
exit door overlooking the shooting scene. One
employee said police would be reviewing the
The provincial SIU is a civilian agency that
investigates police incidents resulting civilian
death, sexual assault or serious physical