Metro/John Matisz A member of the province’s Special Investigations Unit carries forensic equipment into Unit 24 of a townhouse at 1775 Culver Dr. on April 4.

Police in “riot gear” descended on an east London neighbourhood shortly before shots rang out in a nearby townhouse, residents said.

The Wednesday night scene was a surprise given the usual relaxed pace along Culver Drive, Cody Reid, 18, said.

“It’s a quiet neighbourhood,” said Reid, who lives across from the house where the man was found.

Yellow crime-scene tape surrounded the residence Thursday as members of the province’s Special Investigations Unit — including those specializing in forensics — carried equipment through the front door.

London police responded about 5 p.m. Wednesday to a call regarding the safety of a “suicidal male” at the address, Const. Ken Steeves said.

Reid said his mother saw emergency responders leave the house with a body bag about 7 p.m.

“At some point, the man sustained a gunshot wound,” according to the SIU. The 45-year-old was pronounced dead a short time later in hospital.

Steeves said the SIU was called in as standard procedure. The unit is asked to investigate anytime police are on a scene when someone is seriously injured, dies or makes an allegation of sexual assault.

Police were called to the same neighbourhood to investigate the October 2011 death of 40-year-old Thi Tran. He was found shot to death outside K’s bar and grill at Culver Drive and Clarke Road.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s incident is being asked to contact the SIU at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529, Ext. 2038.

In other police news

— A 52-year-old Brights Grove man is facing charges after police say he lured a 14-year-old Londoner on the Internet.

— John O’Connor was arrested after police searched his house and seized evidence on Wednesday.

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