Toronto man charged with attempted murder after opening fire on police officers

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A Toronto man was charged with attempted murder after he opened fire on police officers earlier today.

The Toronto Police laid the charge against Michael Katz, 25, after apprehending him following a brief fight during his arrest.

According to a statement released by Toronto Police, Katz drove away from the scene of collision in the Hilton Avenue and St Clair Avenue West area but was located by the officers a short time later.

When officers attempted to arrest him he fought with them, pulled out a handgun during the struggle and shot at the officers.

Katz was also able to take one of the officers conducted energy weapons (CEW), the Toronto Police said, adding that the officers managed to arrest him with the help of a citizen.

TWo officers also received minor injuries from struggle. They were both treated on scene and finished their duties.

The Toronto Police also laid other charges against him, including two counts of Discharge Firearm with Intent, two counts of Assault Peace Officer with Weapon, Disarming a Peace Officer, Possessing Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Firearm Unauthorized Place Contrary to Licence, Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident, and Operation of a Conveyance while Impaired to any degree by BAC or Drug.

He will appear in court at Old City Hall on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at 10 a.m., via video link.

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