A man believed to be in his 20s is dead following a shooting involving a Toronto police officer in the city’s east end yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened near Victoria Park Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard, north of Eglinton Avenue East at around 3:10 p.m.

Witnesses said the man was armed with a knife. According to reports from the scene, the man had been involved in a confrontation on the Victoria Park No. 24 bus before police were called to the scene.

Chris Barry was walking his dog at the time of the shooting.

Barry, who lives in a Victoria Park Avenue building, watched as officers approached a man who had come off the No. 24 bus. Barry said police cars had the bus boxed in front and back.

Barry said the man would not drop a knife he had in his hand, then police shot him three times.

“That’s when everything got crazy and they dispersed the public,” he said.

Barry described the victim as brown or black, stocky and five-foot-seven and with a red tattoo on his upper right arm.

Another witness, who did not wish to be identified, said she heard the incident take place behind her apartment, and rushed outside when she heard police scream, “Get on the ground!”

She said three shots rang out after police shouted another warning to a man running off a Victoria Park bus.

The woman, who saw the incident unfold, described how the man hit the ground and was shot two more times when he was told to put his hands on his head.

“The cops shot him five times, I’m 1,000 per cent positive on that,” she said.

The woman said she heard police say the man did not have identification as they removed and bagged up his clothing.

Police have confirmed that Ontario’s provincial police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, has taken over the investigation. The SIU is called in on all cases of serious injury, death or sexual assault involving police.