Man shot dead by police responding to break-and-enter near London, Ont., downtown, watchdog says | CBC News

The province’s police watchdog is investigating after a man was shot dead after an interaction with two police officers in a downtown alley overnight. 

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says London police officers responded to a call for a break and enter at St. George and Mill streets at about 3:45 am. 

An officer saw a man in an alley on Richmond Street and “there was an interaction and an officer discharged his firearm at the man,” a statement from the SIU says. 

The man was taken to hospital and pronounced dead at 4:24 a.m. One officer was taken to hospital but he has since been discharged, London police say. 

Police have cordoned off a section of sidewalk on Richmond Street, near Pall Mall Street as the investigation into an officer-involved shooting continues. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. 

In a statement, London Police Chief Steve Williams said he’s committed to transparency but can’t say much because of the ongoing investigation.

“Critical incidents such as this impact individuals, and the community, in a multitude of ways. We are actively supporting our members with a variety or resources,” Williams said. 

The police can’t say much more because of the SIU investigation, he added. 

“On behalf of the women and men of the London Police Service, I wish to extend my sympathies to the loved ones of the deceased. We ask for your patience as the investigation unfolds.” 

Anyone with information into the incident is being asked to call the SIU at 1-800-787-8529.

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