A 30-year-old man was shot to death by police after an alleged domestic call outside a North York hotel — steps from a police station — on Thursday afternoon.

It’s believed a Toronto Police officer was confronted by a knife-wielding man while responding to a possible domestic call at the Best Western Plus hotel on NorFinch Dr., east of Hwy. 400 and next door to 31 Division, around 12:15 p.m.

Sources told the Sun the man was ordered to “drop the knife” repeatedly, but he ignored the commands and was shot dead.

The suspect allegedly kept advancing against the officer who had his gun trained on him.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is probing the deadly police-involved shooting of a 30-year old man in the parking lot of a Best Western Plus hotel next door to Toronto Police 31 Division on Norfinch Dr. in North York on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

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Another source said the officer “had no choice. He had to fire because the suspect refused to drop his weapon and represented a fatal threat to the officer and the public.”

Marty Wilkins, an installer, said he was inside the hotel putting together Plexiglas partitions when an officer approached him before noon and asked if he’d heard of a “disturbance.”

“He wasn’t sure if it was in the hotel or not, for a person causing a disturbance,” said Wilkins.

Thirty minutes later he was leaving the hotel after doing his work and then saw what looked to be a plainclothes officer standing over a man with his gun drawn and other uniformed officers rushing to the scene beside a BMW.

“I didn’t hear any shots,” said Wilkins. “So I assume somebody was on the ground.”

A large area of the parking lot and street was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes any serious injury or death involving cops, was called in.

Canadian soldiers in vehicles staying at the hotel were some of those watching the goings on as police and SIU investigators took pictures of the scene and a black BMW 323i parked in the lot.

SIU spokesman Monica Hudon said in a release that police were called after being informed there was a man with weapons in a vehicle.

“One officer exited the cruiser and the man with the weapon exited his vehicle. An interaction occurred and the officer shot multiple times at the man,” she said.

The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene, stated Hudon.

Four investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. One subject officer and three witness officers have been designated.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted Friday.





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