Officers responded to reports of a man carrying a firearm and “there was an interaction” between officers and the man, according to the Special Investigations Unit in the Canadian province of Ontario. At some point during the interaction, two officers shot at the suspect, hitting him at least once, police said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We certainly understand the trauma and how traumatic this must have been for staff, students and parents given the two recent events that have happened in the United States,” said Toronto Police Chief James Ramer at a news briefing after the incident, referencing the Uvalde and Buffalo shootings.
He added that he understands the community’s concern as the armed suspected was very close to schools.
“I was really scared, I just started praying,” one student told CNN affiliate CTV.
“Four investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to the case,” the release said.
Ontario premier Doug Ford tweeted his thanks to police and emergency services for their “quick action.”
“Thank you to police and emergency services for your quick action today in Scarborough,” he said. “We’re extremely grateful for everything you do to keep our communities safe.”