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Mississauga, November 21 (CINEWS): No one knows what prompted Hamza Mohamed Abdi, a 26-year-old Mississauga resident to wear a fake explosive device and then threaten to detonate it, but that is just what he did, which led to Peel police officers to shoot him over the weekend.
The man is now facing charges of being in possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and fail to comply with recognizance as he recovers in hospital.
The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has designated one Peel Regional Police officer as the subject of its probe into the Saturday morning’s incident in east Mississauga.
The SIU, which investigates all cases of serious injury, sexual assault or death involving police, has also designated six Peel officers as witnesses to the incident, spokesperson Jason Gennaro said.
The SIU cleared the scene after spending the weekend investigating.
Peel Police say they were called to Golden Orchard Drive near Grand Forks Road, in the area of Dixie Road and Bloor Street, just after 1 a.m. Saturday and, after an “interaction,” shot the 26-year-old man.
Police sources say they were responding for a suicidal man who claimed to be armed with an explosive device. The force’s bomb squad and tactical unit responded to the scene.
The man was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
It happened at a time when the Paris terrorist attacks were on everyone’s mind and this has police everywhere on edge.