The officers initially responded to the apartment about 17 hours for a call from a person in crisis.
In a news release issued on Sunday, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is now Probing the circumstances surrounding the shooting, said the young man of 62 years barricaded themselves inside an apartment unit and officers were called to conduct an audit of wellbeing.
Const Peel police. Sarah Patten said earlier that agents believed the man, who had a medical condition and was not taking his medication, had access to the weapons inside the residence.
The officers, the SIU said, could contact him through the door of the apartment unit for a period of time, but when it stopped responding, police broke the door and entered the unit.
The SIU says an interaction took place between agents and 62, resulting in police deploying a taser and firing rubber bullets on him.
According to the SIU, projectiles and energy weapons had no effect on the man and a police officer then discharged his gun several times.
Choudhry, who suffered gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The nephew of the victim said a video of the incident shows the officers climbing a ladder on the balcony of his uncle’s unit and enter the apartment just before ringing gunshots.
“They opened up the door blows and they said:” Never mind. ” As soon as they said drop it, they started to shoot. What conversation is that, “he asked.
“This is how you deal with the mentally ill … We called these guys there to help us. This is what they do? “
Police would not say what weapons the man may be inside the apartment.
“We hope that the completion of the SIU investigation and survey … many questions can answer this time,” said Mr Patten Saturday night.
The SIU says a subject officer and nine witness officers were involved in the incident Saturday night.
Several witnesses have now been questioned, the SIU said Sunday, and investigators are in possession of video images in connection with the incident.
The investigators collected a firearm issued by the police, a knife, a taser, and Anti Riot Weapon Enfield (Arwen) in the scene.
A post-mortem examination should be conducted on the victim tomorrow Toronto.
Six SIU investigators and three forensic investigators were assigned to the case.
The police watchdog is asking anyone with pictures or video of the fatal shooting information to contact investigators.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency called in to investigate any incident involving police and a member of the public that results in death, serious injury or allegation of sexual assault.
The family requires a public inquiry
The nephews of the victim, as well as the interim president of the Muslim Council of Peel, held a news conference Sunday afternoon, demanding a public inquiry into the shooting.
Khizar Shahzad, who arrived at the scene around 19 pm on Saturday, said the eldest daughter of his uncle called for a non-emergency ambulance because he had an episode.
On arrival, paramedics said Shahzad Choudry seen with a knife and called the police.
He noted that the police removed everyone inside the apartment, except Choudry.
“When this happened, his daughter started screaming his name, saying:” Come outside. They want to help you, “said Shahzad.
Hearing the voice of his daughter, Choudry opened the door, according to Shahzad. But as soon as Choudry saw officers running to him, he closed the door.
Shahzad said he let the officer know that oversees Choudry was afraid of their police uniform.
“He’s afraid of your uniform. He is afraid of your big guns, “he reminded the police said. “If you go upstairs with this, he will be afraid. He is having an episode. “
Shahzad said he pleaded with police to let a family member go inside the escalation residence, but police dismissed the application.
Still, he said he went to the apartment, where he saw four officers trying to break the door open.
“There are reports in the news saying that they are trying to defuse the situation. I was there. There was no conversation, “said Shahzad.
He noted that the officers were yelling commands in English, but Choudry did not speak the language.
There was an interpreter at the scene, he noted, but the interpreter translated several words.
While agents were trying to reach the front door, Shahzad said the ETF officers climbed over the balcony and shot Choudry.
Family and community members held a demonstration near the building Sunday afternoon, carrying placards calling for justice. They then marched through the streets, blocking several roads for hours.
On Sunday evening, Peel police said the protesters set up tents and chairs at the intersection near where lives Choudry.
“What happened yesterday was a crazy event. Something that we thought we would have never seen, “Hassan Choudhary, another nephews Choudhry said.
“It was a difficult time because we thought that the police, paramedics are here to help, protect and serve you. But after yesterday’s episode … it really shows you who is here to protect and serve you … There is none. “
Hassan remembers his uncle as a brilliant caring man who always spent time with his family.
He said police did not allow a family member to speak and help his uncle.
“It is sad that someone who is authentic and beautiful taken from us,” said Hassan.
He noted that his uncle, who could barely walk three or four steps because of respiratory problems, was not trying to hurt someone else.
“With the police force, they do not care,” said Hassan. “They did what they thought was right, which was quite immoral and completely false. “
“They continue to say that he was a threat to himself, but what have you done? You thought he was a threat to himself, so that you’ll kill him? “
Another nephew, Hashim Choudhary, said his uncle had schizophrenia and the only way to defuse the situation was a family member to intervene.
“With this condition, you can not interrogate and intimidate someone has already afraid of,” he said.
Although his uncle was holding a knife, Hashim said his uncle was fragile and the decision of the police to shoot him no sense.
“We want a public inquiry with politicians involved to help bring it to justice,” said Hashim.
Ibrahim Hindy, the interim president of the Muslim Council of Peel, Choudhry said should be alive today to celebrate with his children on Father’s Day.
“It was stolen to be with her children. And the only reason he is not here today because of the horrible attack that we saw yesterday, “said Hindy.
He said they are demanding a public inquiry because they do not believe in the SIU investigation.
“It should not be shot by police who are supposed to protect and serve. “