Toronto area police have killed several people in the past few years for holding or being near BB guns. Over the past year alone, two Ontario coroner’s inquests and one SIU investigation have involved people killed by police under such circumstances.
In November of 2013, Ian Pryce was killed by Toronto police while apparently holding what turned out to be a pellet gun. Only months later, John Caleb Ross of Aurora was killed by a York Regional police officer while apparently carrying a pellet gun. On March 13, 2016, Alex Wettlaufer was shot three times and killed by Toronto police. He was said to have held a pellet gun but by the SIU’s own account had repeatedly set down during a lengthy standoff.