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WARMINGTON: Cops break up potentially deadly altercation on TTC

Toronto Police officers made it to a subway train at Sherbourne station in time to de-escalate  a potentially deadly altercation between two strangers.
Toronto Police Consts. Greg Henkenhaf and Dave Donaldson on patrol at Spadina TTC station on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. On Feb. 7, Toronto Police officers made it to a subway train at Sherbourne station in time to de-escalate a potentially deadly altercation between two strangers. Photo by Joe Warmington /Toronto Sun/Postmedia News

Another day, another serious incident on the TTC.

But this time, Toronto Police officers made it to a subway train at Sherbourne station in time to de-escalate  a potentially deadly altercation between two strangers.

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One man was brandishing a knife but was stopped from stabbing the other person before escaping, according to police. The “victim” of the assault was treated for “minor injuries,” said Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu.

Members of the police service’s public response unit made it to the location quickly. But this was close.

In the past two weeks, there have been numerous violent attacks on the TTC, including two stabbings. This one could have been a lot worse.

But with the extra deployment of officers on the system, they are starting to get a rhythm of where to be.

Witnesses said all Bloor line trains, near Sherbourne station, were stopped, their doors locked.

One of the problems in recent times on subway are the people who have nowhere else to live and suffer from mental health issues or addictions.

“It’s the Wild West,” said one rider.

This was the second major incident on the GTA’s transit system Tuesday. A man was assaulted and suffered life-threatening injuries at the Ajax Go station. Both are being investigated.

But it’s not lost on people how dangerous things have become on our transit systems.