Quick action by the newly formed Public Safety Response Team (PRST) led to the arrest of three suspects and the seizure of three pistols after a downtown shooting over the long holiday weekend.
At around 3 a.m. on August 8, a man was shot near King St. W. and Brant St.
It’s alleged the suspects approached the victim. One of them pointed a gun at him and demanded a chain he was wearing. After a brief struggle, the man was shot in the leg and the suspects fled the scene.
In their attempt to make a quick escape, the suspects’ car collided with a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) maintenance vehicle.
About a dozen officers of the new public safety response standalone unit, augmenting the policing of major public safety events, were in the area when the gunfire erupted.
They located the vehicle nearby and arrested three suspects, one of them after a brief foot chase.
One of the suspects had a firearm and two other weapons were found in the car.
The seized handguns were all loaded.
The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The PSRT emerged from the Toronto Police Service’s new action plan aimed at modernizing community safety in the city.
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