The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating a shooting that occurred near one of the entrances to St. George subway station yesterday afternoon.

According to the SIU, preliminary evidence indicates that criminal defense lawyer Randall Barrs was shot at 3:30 pm yesterday outside his office, which is on on 23 Bedford Avenue. Afterwards, the assailant was shot by a Halton Regional Police plainclothes officer, who was conducting surveillance in the area.

Both men were rushed to hospital; Barrs suffered gunshot wounds to his legs and the assailant is in serious condition.

U of T Campus Police and Toronto Police Services closed off Bedford Road between Lowther Avenue and Bloor Street West; the road has since reopened.

The SIU is a civilian agency responsible for investigating instances involving police officers that result in serious injury, death, or sexual assault allegations and has the ability to lay criminal charges on offices, if the SIU Director believes charges are necessary.