Hal­ton po­lice of­fi­cer cleared in shoot­ing of Toronto man

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit has cleared a Hal­ton re­gional po­lice of­fi­cer of wrong­do­ing in the shoot­ing of a 51-yearold man who al­legedly shot a lawyer in down­town Toronto. The po­lice watch­dog agency says un­der­cover Hal­ton of­fi­cers were mon­i­tor­ing Grayson De­long — who was a sus­pect in sev­eral rob­beries in Burling­ton, Ont. — in Septem­ber 2016.

The SIU says the un­der­cover of­fi­cers fol­lowed De­long to down­town Toronto on Sept. 20, 2016.

The SIU says De­long was shot by po­lice min­utes af­ter he al­legedly shot prom­i­nent crim­i­nal de­fence lawyer J. Ran­dall Barrs sev­eral times in the legs out­side his law of­fice. Barrs was in­jured but sur­vived. De­long, who was also in­jured, faces 15 charges in the in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der, and is set to ap­pear in court on June 9. The SIU is an arm’s length agency that in­ves­ti­gates re­ports in­volv­ing po­lice where there has been death, se­ri­ous in­jury or al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault.

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