In Toronto, the police shot and killed a man with “sock shots” after he allegedly attacked several officers with a knife.
The officers, already “fairly close”, answered the calls of the witnesses in Cherbourne and Dundas. at 7:47 pm On Wednesday evening, a Toronto Const police officer announced a man with a knife. David Hopkinson.
According to Hopkinson, the suspect sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, but was taken to a trauma center under the protocol.
“We used the so-called“ less deadly use of force, ”so we have a shotgun armed with socks,” said Hopkinson. “It is designed to disable a person, and this is exactly what he did. He was arrested. In any situation like this, where we use a taser or a less lethal shotgun, we test a person from a medical point of view. ”
A sock pistol is an ordinary shotgun, which instead of bullets was loaded with a kind of cartridge that hurts but does not penetrate the body. It is also referred to as a percussion shot or pistol bag.
Sock weapons were introduced as part of the changes that the Toronto police made after a series of deadly attacks on the police, including the death of a teenager Sammy Yatima.
According to police, witnesses allegedly saw one man attack another. Then the suspect took out a knife and started chasing him. When the police arrived, he still pursued his victim, but turned the knife to the officers when they asked him to stop, and ran to them.
“When they went on stage, they saw that the suspect was still armed with a knife and was still pursuing the alleged victim,” said Hopkinson. “The officers demanded that the man stop; however, he turned his attention to the officers and ran to them. ”
The suspect was shot shortly thereafter.
The use of less lethal force in the form of socks came to Toronto in 2016.
“In the past, we had the tools we use to protect ourselves or influence arrest. We have handcuffs, we have pepper spray and we have expanding batons, ”said Hopkinson. “What happens when you get to the point where you face a threat that is more than the one that causes someone to be shot, but you want to use a less lethal tool?”
“Thanks to these less lethal options – Tazer or nosochnymi – we have the opportunity to do away with the potentially dangerous situation, using non-lethal force,” said Hopkinson.
The police did not publish a description of the suspect, but confirmed that he was in custody.
Hopkinson said the police will host a press conference with more information.
Emerald Bensadoun is a breaking news reporter working for the Star Radio in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @twerk_vonnegut