Police in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, shot dead a man armed with a rifle on Thursday, local media reported, an incident that forced several schools to lockdown just two days after a deadly attack on a U.S. primary school.
Visitors alerted police to the man’s presence in the eastern part of Toronto, and it was not immediately clear what happened next.
But city police chief James Rama told reporters that the suspect, described as a man in his late teens or early 20s, died after “confronting” reactionary officers without elaborating.
A “police firearm” was “emptied” after officers identified the man, the police force’s Twitter account said.
A spokesman for the Special Investigation Unit told CBC that preliminary evidence showed that two police officers had fired their weapons and that the suspect had been pronounced dead at the scene.
It was not immediately clear if the man had a weapon when police shot him.
Ramar said he was unable to give further details, as the incident was under investigation.
“There is no threat to public safety,” he said.
“Being close to a school, I must understand trauma and how painful it has been for staff, students and parents in light of recent events in the United States.”
On Tuesday, gunmen shot and killed 21 people at an elementary school in Texas – 19 children and two teachers.
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