SIU launches probe after man with firearm suffers life-threatening injuries in Greenway Park

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The province’s police watchdog is investigating an incident Monday morning in Greenway Park, where a 24-year-old armed man suffered a life-threatening injury after police were called to the scene.

In a release late Monday afternoon, the Special Investigations Unit said London police were called to the park, off Greenside Drive, at about 10:30 a.m. about a man in distress.

They found the man near the park’s waterfront. He had a firearm, the SIU said.

The SIU said attempts were made to negotiate with the man. “Shortly after, he sustained a life-threatening injury,” the agency said.

Asked if there were any shots fired or if any officers were injured, an SIU spokesperson did not respond directly.

London police said in a statement he was taken to hospital by paramedics at about 12:15 p.m. with life-threatening injuries.

The SIU also did not say how many officers are being investigated.

Five investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case, the SIU explained.

Later Monday, a blue canopy could be seen on the Greenway Park wooden dock. What appeared to be a wine bottle was stuck in the snow.

When officers descended on the scene, they closed off Wonderland Road in both directions between Springbank and Riverside drives, as well as footpaths in the area, London police said.

The Special Investigations Unit is an arm’s-length civilian agency that probes police-involved shootings, and serious injuries, deaths and allegations of sexual assault involving police.

London police directed media inquiries to the SIU.

A man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after police responded to reports of a person with a handgun in Greenway Park Monday. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network