CityNews reports that Sammy Yatim’s friend was killed by police

The Special Investigations Unit is investigating the death of a 21-year-old male after he was shot and killed by Toronto.


The Special Investigations Unit is investigating the death of a 21-year-old male after he was shot and killed by Toronto police late last night in a park near Leslie Street station.

The victim’s name has not been released, but somewhat unbelievably CityNews is reporting that his family says he was friends with Sammy Yatim, who was shot and killed by police in July of 2013. In January, Constable James Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder in the 18-year-old’s death.

The SIU hasn’t released many details, but said in a press release that police responded to a call saying that two men, one armed, were fighting at Leslie Street subway station last night around 11 pm. One of the men ran into a nearby park, and, after a confrontation between the two parties, a firearm was discharged and the man was struck. He was later pronounced dead at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

On March 5, the SIU issued a similar press release stating that they were investigating another fatal shooting by Toronto police, this time of a 30-year-old Ottawa man.

If you saw what happened last night at Leslie Station, the SIU is asking witnesses to call the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

Update March 15, 2016: The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Alex Wettlaufer. The original version of this story cited CityNews, which called the two “best friends,” and this fact was reflected in the headline. That story has now been updated to say “friends,” and that has been updated here also.

kater@nowtoronto.com | @katernow

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