“People are very frightened”: Report of officer shooting in York hits community hard

The man died in hospital on Tuesday. His family was also taken to a secure hospital for safety, according to York Region Police. The incident sparked a standoff, with the police keeping witnesses away…

"People are very frightened": Report of officer shooting in York hits community hard

The man died in hospital on Tuesday. His family was also taken to a secure hospital for safety, according to York Region Police.

The incident sparked a standoff, with the police keeping witnesses away from the scene. As they did, the media was kept back and reeled in.

A man who wanted to speak to a family member has been identified by Postmedia as Mario Vanier. He was rushed to hospital on April 1 in cardiac arrest and was in critical condition, police have said.

Officers went to Vanier’s house to do a search warrant about midnight on April 1. His mother had also called police, asking them to find out why her son was behaving strangely.

A man who was being questioned had already been arrested, police have said.

Toronto Police have been on the hunt for Tony Pike, 42, since the shooting.

In March, Sutton expressed his desire to join Sutton’s undercover police “Hercules” unit, which infiltrates criminal groups on the street and in the jails of the city. Sutton said “I need the people that can monitor people on the streets that are dangerous.”

Sutton and Sutton also have a personal link, with Sutton growing up with Sutton and working in the unit themselves, according to Sutton.

The impact of the officer shootings also remains with the Hampstead Crescent community, where Vanier lived.

Even as one resident of the suburb struggled to come to terms with what had happened to his neighbour, another living nearby, raising children of his own, said he was concerned about how the details were affecting police’s image.

“At times it seems as though he’s not getting the best of judgment. I hope the investigation is thoroughly reviewed,” said Robert Lyman, 48, who is a father of three.

“People are very frightened for their own children because of what happens in all the newspapers. It’s all the right and wrong. You see it in the headlines over and over and over.”

Police are waiting for toxicology results and awaiting the outcome of an autopsy to give the final verdict on the case.

—with files from Mark Leiren-Young

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