A carjacking suspect is in custody following a police pursuit on Hwy. 400 in Barrie on June 28, 2017.
A male suspect is in custody following a shooting in Toronto which resulted in a police pursuit that closed a portion of northbound Highway 400 near Barrie early Wednesday morning.
Toronto police said officers responded to a call of a carjacking around 6:30 a.m. at a parking lot in the area of Finch Avenue West and Norfinch Drive when they heard gunshots.
Toronto EMS said a woman in her 50s was shot and taken to hospital in serious condition. A male in his 60s was assaulted but suffered minor injuries.
Police said the suspect fled the area in a vehicle and fired shots at the officers.
“They were able to locate a suspect vehicle and the suspect vehicle as they were following it, the suspect allegedly fired shots at the officers,” Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters at the scene on Norfinch Drive.
“At some point in time, the vehicle stopped again somewhere on Highway 400 and Rutherford. Officers thought this was the end of it, but as they approached the vehicle the suspect opened fire at the officers again.”
The police pursuit, which involved multiple cruisers as well as the Ontario Provincial Police, continued northbound on Highway 400 where officers managed to apprehend the suspect just north of Barrie.
Police said a gun was also recovered near the scene of the arrest.
Saunders said police are searching for a possible second armed suspect who may be involved in the carjacking.
“It’s never a good day when people are shooting at my officers,” Saunders said. “I’m a little bit concerned about the gun play of anyone at anytime in the city, but especially when they’re shooting at law enforcement. That raises the bar quite a bit.”
Police said the industrial area where the attempted carjacking and shooting took place remains closed for the investigation.
“Let’s make sure that we don’t have an outstanding individual currently on location,” Supt. Tony Riviere said. “Once that’s alleviated, then we’ll bring in our forensic team to gather some evidence and once that’s done, then we’ll try to return the employees to their places of work.”
Woman shot, taken to hospital by emergency run. Officers shot at uninjured. Pursued suspect north 400 from Norfinch/Steeles. #GO1153308 ^vk— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 28, 2017
Woman shot, man assaulted Norfinch/Steeles area 6:38am. Suspect fled, allegedly shooting at responding officers. #GO1153308 ^vk— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 28, 2017
One person under arrest in Shooting/pursuit. Multiple police services involved. K9 searching for firearm. Info to follow. #GO1153308 ^vk— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 28, 2017
SHOOTING / PURSUIT— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 28, 2017
Officers are on scene of a shooting in the area of Finch and Norfinch. Suspect has fled, officers are pursuing 1/2 ^sh
2/2 Heavy police presence N/B 400 into the Barrie area.. ^sh— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 28, 2017
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