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10 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Discharge of Sock Gun by Police Officer in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer firing a sock gun this morning at a 42-year-old man in Scarborough.

9 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Apprehension in Peterborough

On October 5, 2020, Peterborough Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of the Go Bus terminal on Simcoe Street. The police had received a call about a woman lying on a ramp to an underground parking. Upon their arrival, the officers located the 24-year-old woman and it soon became apparent that she was of unsound mind. When their repeated efforts to have the 24-year-old woman vacate the area went unheeded, the officers decided to apprehend her under the Mental Health Act. The woman resisted, but eventually the woman was apprehended. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the woman to hospital, where she was diagnosed with a broken right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

9 April, 2021

Force Used by Officer was Proportionate to the Situation; No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Mississauga

On November 6, 2020, a 57-year-old man sustained serious injuries in the course of his arrest by Peel Regional Police officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved in the arrest committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

8 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest Inside Toronto Apartment

On October 1, 2020, a 38-year-old man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers, taken to hospital and diagnosed with serious head injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

8 April, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Teenager’s Arrest in Thunder Bay

On the night of January 23, 2021, two Thunder Bay Police Service officers arrived at an address Academy Drive following 911 calls from tenants of the building that someone was kicking at the front entrance door attempting to get in. The officers confronted a 16-year-old male by the entrance and noticed that the front door glass was broken. Soon after the youth admitted to causing the damage, he fled and an officer gave chase. When the officer grabbed onto the youth, both slipped and fell. The youth was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the youth’s arrest and injury.

7 April, 2021

SIU Determines No Officer Committed a Criminal Offence in Connection with Woman’s Arrest and the Death of Her Newborn Baby Days Later

On June 25, 2019, a woman was arrested by Greater Sudbury Police Service officers and grounded in the process. Four days later, on June 29th, the woman gave birth to her baby. Because of the newborn’s premature birth, the baby passed away about an hour after he was born. The SIU commenced an investigation based on a possible nexus between the force used against the mother during her arrest and the death of her child. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and the baby’s death.

7 April, 2021

No Basis for Proceeding with Charges in Sexual Assault Allegation Case Involving Officers with Waterloo Regional Police Service

On December 8, 2020, the Waterloo Regional Police Service contacted the SIU to report that a woman whom they had taken into custody on November 29, 2020 – the Complainant – had come forward with information alleging that she was sexually assaulted at the police station following her arrest. The SIU commenced an investigation and identified two officers as subject officials for purposes of the investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the allegation.

7 April, 2021

SIU Investigating after Man’s Body Recovered from River in Wallaceburg

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man in Wallaceburg.

7 April, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharges in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of police ARWENs that occurred in Brantford.

6 April, 2021

SIU Finds No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Shooting Death of Ejaz Choudry

On June 20, 2020, Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers attended an apartment building in Malton to assist paramedics with 62-year-old Ejaz Choudry, who was in mental distress. Mr. Choudry armed himself with a large kitchen knife and locked himself inside his apartment. Officers attempted to negotiate with Mr. Choudry, but Mr. Choudry eventually stopped responding. Concerned that Mr. Choudry required immediate medical assistance, three members of the PRP’s Tactical Response Unit forcibly breached Mr. Choudry’s apartment through the door of his second-floor balcony. Thereafter, the uncontradicted evidence establishes that Mr. Choudry moved towards the officers while holding a large kitchen knife. After attempts to stop Mr. Choudry with a CEW and a firearm that fired rubber bullets were unsuccessful, an officer fatally shot Mr. Choudry. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges in this case notwithstanding Mr. Choudry’s tragic death.  

6 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Teenager in Timmins

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 16-year-old youth yesterday in Timmins.

6 April, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharges in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of police ARWENs that occurred in Brantford.

6 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Shooting in Township of Cramahe

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 43-year-old man this morning in the Township of Cramahe.

5 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Trenton Collision Following Man’s Flight from Spot Check Moments Earlier

On December 4, 2020, a 35-year-old man rolled his SUV, suffering serious injuries in the process. As his vehicle had turned away from an Ontario Provincial Police RIDE spot check moments earlier, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved with the spot check committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries. 

5 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 56-year-old man this morning in Toronto.

4 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting that occurred early this morning in Ottawa, resulting in serious injuries to a 28-year-old man.

3 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Adjala–Tosorontio Township

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred early this morning in Adjala–Tosorontio Township, resulting in the death of a 49-year-old man.

3 April, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Sault Ste. Marie Arrest

On December 3, 2020, a 38-year-old man was arrested by Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officers and subsequently diagnosed with serious injuries at hospital.  Because there was some prospect that the Complainant’s injuries were incurred in the course of his arrest, the SIU was notified of the incident and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

3 April, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges Against Toronto Officer who Shot Man Armed with Hatchet

In the afternoon of December 3, 2020, multiple 911 calls began to be received by the Toronto Police Service reporting a man’s strange and threatening behavior. Officers were dispatched the area of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Twenty Fourth Street. An officer observed a man walking toward him with a hatchet. The officer yelled at the man to drop the hatchet, and the man did so. However, the man retrieved the hatchet and advanced toward the officer. When the man refused to drop the hatchet, the officer fired his rifle at the man. The 30-year-old man was struck and transported to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

3 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Kitchener

On December 3, 2020, a 46-year-old man was arrested by Waterloo Regional Police Service officers and subsequently diagnosed with a facial injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

1 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Brief Police Pursuit Prior to Man’s Fall from Motorcycle in Clarence-Rockland

On October 3, 2020, a 28-year-old man suffered a fractured left clavicle when he fell from his motorcycle in Clarence-Rockland. As he was being pursued at the time by an Ontario Provincial Police officer, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

1 April, 2021

No Basis to Charge OPP Officer in Relation to Man’s Fall from Bridge in Kitchener

In the evening of October 13, 2020, a 30-year-old man fell from the Highway 8 bridge over the Grand River in Kitchener, injuring himself in the process. As he had been interacting with an Ontario Provincial Police officer at the time, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s fall.

March

31 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Sarnia Police Pursuit

On October 1, 2020, a 56-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were injured in a motor vehicle collision in Sarnia. As their vehicle was being pursued by two Sarnia Police Service cruisers at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was operating the lead cruiser in the pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

31 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Belleville Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the hospitalization of a 34-year-old man last month in Belleville.

31 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Motorcycle Collision in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred this morning in Brantford, resulting in serious injuries to a 36-year-old man.

30 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Police Pursuit that Preceded Strathroy-Caradoc Collision

On October 14, 2020, a 59-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle collision. Because the vehicle that smashed into her car had been pursued by a Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service cruiser moments before the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer driving the cruiser committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the woman’s injuries.

30 March, 2021

SIU Finds Windsor Officer did not Commit a Criminal Offence in Relation to Man’s Arrest and Injury

On December 2, 2020, a 39-year-old man was involved in an aborted police pursuit and two motor vehicle collisions in Windsor. The man was arrested and subsequently placed in a prisoner transport vehicle to be taken to the detention unit. While en route, the man lost consciousness and fell from the bench. The officer stopped, checked on the man, and the decision was made to take the man to hospital. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with a compression fraction of the spine.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

30 March, 2021

Man Received Adequate Care while Lodged in Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Cell; No Charges to Issue in Relation to Hospitalization Following Drug Overdose

On December 14, 2020, a 32-year-old man fell into medical distress while in a Sault Ste. Marie Police Service cell. He was taken to hospital and spent time in the ICU, reportedly the result of a drug overdose. The officer with overall responsibility for the care and well-being of prisoners at the time was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s time in custody.

29 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Mississauga

28 March, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officers Discharge Firearm at Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after two Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers discharged their firearms at a man early this morning in Brampton.

26 March, 2021

Man’s Injury Self-inflicted While Inside Police Cell; SIU Discontinues Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 59-year-old man in Windsor in August of 2020. The injury came to the attention of the police on October 16, 2020, who, in turn, notified the SIU. An investigation was commenced.

26 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Connection with North Bay Arrest of Man

On October 7, 2020, a 56-year-old man suffered a fractured right ankle in the course of his arrest by a North Bay Police Service officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

26 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Elgin County

On September 1, 2020, a 55-year-old man was found hanging in the garage of his home in Elgin County. As Ontario Provincial Police officers had attended at his residence in the days prior to his death and were the ones to locate him in the garage, the SIU was notified of the matter and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

26 March, 2021

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Manitoulin Island Shootout that Claimed the Lives of a Civilian and an OPP Officer

On November 19, 2020, 60-year-old Gary Brohman died in an exchange of gunfire with Constable Marc Hovingh of the Ontario Provincial Police. The shootout cost the officer his life as well. Notwithstanding the fact that Cst Hovingh had succumbed to his wounds, the SIU commenced an investigation as the incident included a death at the hands of a police officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that Cst Hovingh committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Brohman’s death.

26 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old man yesterday in Toronto.

25 March, 2021

Woman Injured as a Result of Falling from Bike While Fleeing from Police; No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Cambridge Case

On October 11, 2020, a 22-year-old woman fractured her right wrist while on the run from police. Her injury occurred as she fell from her bike in the area of a footbridge that spanned the Grand River in Cambridge. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury.

24 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Barrie Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Barrie involving a 24-year-old man.

24 March, 2021

Man Fractured Foot After Falling from Cell Bench; SIU Terminates Peel Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 38-year-old man last month while he was at Peel Regional Police’s 22 Division.

24 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Shooting of Man in Hamilton

On July 7, 2020, a 42-year-old man was shot by two Hamilton Police Service officers, later succumbing to his wounds in hospital.  The officers who discharged their firearms at the man were identified as subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

23 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Teenager’s Fall from Overpass in Hamilton

On December 29, 2020, a 17-year-old female suffered serious injuries when she fell from the Ferguson Avenue North overpass in Hamilton. Because police officers were present on the bridge and had interacted with her in the moments prior to her fall, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the teenager’s fall and injuries.

22 March, 2021

SIU Investigating After Officers Discharge ARWEN and CEW at Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained early this morning by a 53-year-old man in Brampton.

20 March, 2021

SIU Investigating After Woman Fatally Falls from Bridge in Sudbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 53-year-old woman yesterday evening in Sudbury.

20 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Orangeville

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man this morning in Orangeville.

19 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Hamilton

On December 7, 2019, a 56-year-old woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act by Hamilton Police Service officers and taken to hospital. In August of 2020, the woman filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director asserting that the police officers had broken her left wrist in the course of her arrest. This matter came to the SIU’s attention on September 28, 2020, and an investigation was commenced. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

18 March, 2021

Man Fractured Heels After Jumping From Window; SIU Discontinues Blackstock Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained earlier this month in Blackstock by a 31-year-old man.

17 March, 2021

SIU Releases January to March 2020 Annual Report

The Special Investigations Unit has released its January to March 2020 Report.

17 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Tamworth

On August 3, 2020, a 52-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Tamworth and he suffered serious injuries in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

17 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue Against Toronto Officer who Repeatedly Punched Man who had Taken Hold of Officer’s Handgun

On August 29, 2020, a 33-year-old man suffered a broken nose and fractured right orbital bone in the course of an altercation that marked his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest.

16 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man Outside South Muskoka Memorial Hospital

On August 1, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital after an employee reported that an inebriated man who had just left the emergency department had damaged property in the parking lot. Officers located a 30-year-old person of interest and he was taken into police custody. He was subsequently diagnosed with fractures of the right orbit and nasal bone. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

16 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Connection with Man’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

In the afternoon of August 21, 2020, a 66-year-old man fell to his death from his 9th floor balcony in Toronto.  Because Toronto Police Service officers were present on the balcony at the time of the incident, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

15 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found on Part of Police in Relation to Milton Multi-Vehicle Collision

On September 13, 2020, a 21-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were seriously injured in Milton when their vehicles collided.  Moments prior to the collision, a Halton Regional Police Service officer had briefly pursued the vehicle being driven by the 21-year-old man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

15 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Fort Erie

On January 13, 2021, paramedics were dispatched to a residence in Fort Erie as a 61-year-old man who resided in the home was experiencing pain and lightheadedness. The man was placed in the ambulance, but due to his extreme agitation, the ambulance pulled over to request the assistance of police. Upon arrival, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer decided to apprehend the man under the Mental Health Act. He and the another officer affixed handcuffs to both of the man’s arms, securing them to the stretcher. En route to the hospital, the man’s condition deteriorated. Once they reached the hospital, the man was quickly placed in the care of the hospital’s emergency department. He passed away in hospital later that day. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

11 March, 2021

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Penetanguishene

On November 11, 2020, a 76-year-old man was diagnosed with a fractured rib and vertebra following his arrest by two Ontario Provincial Police officers in Penetanguishene. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

10 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision Between Cruiser and Civilian Vehicle

In the morning of April 13, 2020, police officers with the Toronto Police Service were dispatched to the area of the Downsview Park subway station for a report of a person with a knife. Proceeding west on Sheppard Avenue West, one of the responding cruisers came to a stop at the red light at the Allen Road intersection and briefly waited before making his way into the intersection on the red light. In the intersection, the cruiser became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle being operated by a 63-year-old man. Both drivers were transported to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

10 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Death of Man in Vaughan Home

On June 8, 2020, a 35-year-old man passed away in his home following his arrest by several York Regional Police officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

9 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting of Man in Lot of Brampton Gas Station

On June 30, 2020, a 24-year-old man was shot and seriously injured by a Peel Regional Police officer in the course of his arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

9 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Woodstock Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 21-year-old man last month in Woodstock.

8 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Whitby Collision Involving Stolen Police Cruiser

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred yesterday in Whitby, resulting in serious injuries to three people.

8 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to North York Collision that Resulted in Injuries to Vehicle Occupant and to Pedestrian

On August 20, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers were conducting speed enforcement when a Porsche Cayenne was measured traveling at a high rate of speed. An officer signaled the driver to pull over, but instead the driver accelerated past the officer. A pursuit was commenced. In the intersection of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue, the Porsche collided with a cube truck, resulting in the cube truck hitting another vehicle. A 21-year-old man from this vehicle was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious injury. After hitting the cube truck, the Porsche climbed a sidewalk and struck a bench in the area of a bus stop shelter. A 23-year-old woman waiting for the bus was struck. She suffered serious injuries as a result. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

5 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Huntsville Investigation after Determining Man Did Not Sustain Serious Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Huntsville.

5 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from Highway 401 Overpass in Brockville

On July 25, 2020, Brockville Police Service officers started looking for 56-year-old Alberto Ayala-Guerrero, a man wanted in the United States in relation to the murder of a woman, and now believed to be in the area. Soon after officers located him on the Highway 401 overpass at North Augusta Road, Mr. Ayala-Guerrero scaled the railing. Despite an officer yelling at him not to jump and attempting to grab hold of him, Mr. Ayala-Guerrero jumped onto the highway below. He was transported to hospital where he passed away. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Ayala-Guerrero’s death.

5 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Brampton

Around noon on October 13, 2020, 911 calls began to be received by the Peel Regional Police about a man operating a vehicle erratically in Brampton, and that he appeared to be in medical distress. When the vehicle came to a stop, motorists, including an off-duty Toronto Police Service officer, attempted to remove the 31-year-old male driver but he resisted. A Peel Regional Police officer then arrived at the scene and assisted in pulling the man from the vehicle through the passenger door. The man continued to resist, but officers were eventually able to control the man until paramedics arrived. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the fractured rib with which the man was diagnosed.

4 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Burn-Related Injuries Sustained by Man in Kincardine

On June 16, 2020, a call came into the Ontario Provincial Police regarding a 36-year-old man who was threatening suicide. The man was located in a remoted wooded area on a maintenance road in Kincardine. The first officer to arrive attempted to engage the man in conversation. About 30 minutes later, the man entered his van, closed the door and proceeded to ignite the gasoline in the vehicle. Firefighters, who had been stationed nearby, were able to extinguish the flames with the help of officers. The man was removed from the van and taken to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

4 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Haldimand County Collision Between Cruiser and Pickup Truck

On November 17, 2020, a pickup truck collided with a police cruiser in Haldimand County, resulting in serious injuries to both the police officer and the 30-year-old driver of the truck. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

4 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting of Teenager Inside Mississauga Bank

On November 26, 2019, a 16-year-old male was shot by a police officer in the course of his arrest inside a Mississauga bank, and suffered significant internal injuries in the process. The officer who discharged his firearm had made his way to the bank following reports of an armed robbery occurring inside. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

3 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fall from Bridge in Brantford

On July 18, 2020, a 42-year-old man was seriously injured when he fell from the Market Street Bridge in Brantford. As he was being chased by a Brantford Police Service officer at the time, who had actually managed to grab hold of the man just before he fell, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

3 March, 2021

SIU Lays Charge Against London Police Officer in Relation to Death of Woman

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of 28-year-old Amanda Bolt in November of 2019 in London. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

2 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Milton Collision Between Police Vehicle and Bike

On June 30, 2020, a 44-year-old woman riding her bicycle became involved in a collision with a Halton Regional Police Service vehicle in the intersection of Main Street East and Thompson Road in Milton. The woman was sent tumbling onto the ground off her bike. The officer rendered first aid to the woman until EMS arrived and transported her to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

1 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Woman During Arrest in Rockwood

On September 19, 2020, a 28-year-old woman suffered a serious fracture of her right arm in the course of her arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers at a residence in Rockwood. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

1 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Drowning Death of Man in Clarence-Rockland

In the afternoon of August 25, 2020, the body of a 71-year-old man was recovered from the Ottawa River in the area of Moulin Park, Clarence-Rockland.  As he had entered the water from a dock in the park on August 22, 2020 just after he was approached by an Ontario Provincial Police officer, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

1 March, 2021

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Barrie

On December 6, 2020, Barrie Police Service officers attended a hotel after a woman reported she had been assaulted by a man in a room. Officers arrested a 35-year-old man and transported him to the police station. As the man was being booked, he went into acute medical distress and officers administered first aid. Paramedics arrived, took over care of the man and transported him to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s medical condition.

February

28 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Roseneath

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred last night in Roseneath, resulting in the death of a 62-year-old man.

26 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Peterborough County Arrest

On May 26, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle in Peterborough County for the purpose of arresting one of the vehicle occupants – a 39-year-old man – in relation to a theft investigation. In the course of the arrest, a struggle ensued. The man was eventually subdued and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

26 February, 2021

Officer Justified in Shooting Man Who had Assaulted Others; No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Mississauga Case

In the morning of May 2, 2020, Peel Regional Police officers responded to an address in Mississauga following reports of a homicide in the area. Officers located the 29-year-old person of interest in a shed in the backyard of a home. Shortly after the man emerged from the shed holding a knife covered in blood, an officer discharged her firearm three times. The man was struck. He, along with others who had been assaulted by the man, were transported to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are 
no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

26 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Petrolia

On October 26, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police received a 911 call about a 40-year-old man in distress armed with a firearm and threatening suicide. Officers attended the man’s property in Petrolia, and eventually located him inside a barn. He had suffered a penetrating gunshot wound of the head. The man was transported to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries on November 1, 2020. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s gunshot wound and subsequent death.

26 February, 2021

Officers Acted Lawfully During Encounter with Man in Waterloo; No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges

On July 4, 2020, a 34-year-old man was diagnosed with a fractured left orbital bone and broken nose following his arrest and while in the custody of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

26 February, 2021

SIU Lays Charge Against Durham Police Service Officer in Relation to Death of Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of a 32-year-old man in November of 2019 in Oshawa. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

26 February, 2021

Update: Man who Sustained Gunshot Wound in London Succumbs to Injury

On February 22, 2021, the SIU commenced an investigation in London. At approximately 10:30 a.m. that day, London Police Service officers attended Greenway Park to locate a 24-year-old man who was reported to be in distress. Soon after arriving, officers located the man who was in possession of a firearm. Police made attempts to negotiate with him. Shortly after, he sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to hospital for treatment. On February 23, 2021, while in hospital, the man succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased. 

25 February, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charges Against Police Officers in Relation to Belleville Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that two Belleville Police Service (BPS) officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 28-year-old man in September of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against each of the officers. 

25 February, 2021

No Basis for Proceeding with Criminal Charges in Relation to Windsor Collision

On March 14, 2020, a collision occurred in the intersection of Tecumseh Road East and Rose-Ville Garden Drive in Windsor between a civilian vehicle and a police cruiser. As a result of the collision, the 78-year-old male driver of the civilian vehicle was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with three fractured left-sided ribs. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the man’s injuries.

25 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Death of Man in Toronto

On March 21, 2020, a 39-year-old man passed away following the attendance of paramedics, firefighters and police officers at his Toronto home in response to a medical call for service. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

24 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injuries to Motorcyclist in Brampton

On June 21, 2020, a 55-year-old man was injured in a motorcycle crash at an intersection in Brampton. As the crash was the result of an evasive maneuver undertaken by the man in an effort to avoid a collision with a police cruiser that was in the intersection, the SIU commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

24 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Death in Tay Township

In the evening of May 20, 2020, a 77-year-old man passed away, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. As Ontario Provincial Police officers had responded to his Tay Township residence and were present when the gunshot went off, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

24 February, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Fatally Shot by Police Yesterday in Downtown Toronto

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 45-year-old Gedi Ali Gedi as the man who was fatally shot yesterday during an interaction with Toronto Police Service officers at an apartment building in the downtown. 

23 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Whitby

On October 2, 2020, a 43-year-old man fractured his left arm in the course of being apprehended by Durham Regional Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

23 February, 2021

Officers Responsible for Man’s Care Acquitted Themselves Professionally Throughout his Period of Custody; No Charges to Issue in Toronto Drug Overdose Case

On the afternoon of July 25, 2020, a 19-year-old man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers and taken to 52 Division. While lodged in a cell, the man lapsed into acute medical distress. Having admitted that he ingested a quantity of drugs, first aid was provided, and the man was rushed to hospital where he was treated for a massive cocaine overdose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the Complainant’s arrest and injuries.

23 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Downtown Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 45-year-old man early this morning in Toronto.

22 February, 2021

SIU Discontinues Carlsbad Springs Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained last month by a 51-year-old man in Carlsbad Springs.

22 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injury to Man in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a life-threatening injury sustained today by a 24-year-old man in London.

19 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest and Injury in Englehart

On June 23, 2020, a 48-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers outside a residence in Englehart. The man was taken from the scene to hospital and diagnosed with a concussion. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

19 February, 2021

Vehicle Being Pursued by Police Crashed into Concrete Barrier Wall in Toronto; Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Actions of Police

In the early morning of August 14, 2020, a 24-year-old woman suffered a serious injury when she crashed her vehicle into a concrete barrier wall. As she was being pursued by Toronto Police Service cruisers at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer in the lead cruiser of the pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

19 February, 2021

SIU Invokes Jurisdiction in Relation to Death of Baby in Stratford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances around the death of an 18-month-old infant earlier this week in Stratford.

18 February, 2021

Man Died as a Result of Smoke Inhalation in Apartment Unit Fire in Toronto; No Charges to Issue Against Police

In the evening of April 17, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers attended a 12th floor apartment unit where they made attempts to speak with a 32-year-old man who had had barricaded himself inside, and was in distress. After some time, smoke began to seep through the door of the unit and officers realized that a fire had been set. Despite efforts to rescue the man from the unit which had become engulfed in flames, the man died as a result of smoke inhalation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence was committed in connection with the man’s death.

18 February, 2021

Cyclist was Mortally Wounded in King City after Being Struck by Vehicle that had Earlier been Pursued by Police; SIU Determines No Charges to Issue Against York Regional Police Officer

On July 24, 2020, while riding his bicycle in King City, 54-year-old Daniel Bertini was mortally injured when he was struck by a vehicle.  As the vehicle had been briefly pursued by a York Regional Police officer just prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Bertini’s death.

17 February, 2021

SIU Discontinues Hamilton Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in December while a 26-year-old man was lodged in a Hamilton police station cell.

16 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Kingston Collision Following Police Pursuit

Shortly after midnight of October 26, 2020, a 31-year-old woman suffered a right scapular fracture and a broken left leg when she crashed her vehicle in the area of Highway 401 and Battersea Road in Kingston.  As she had been pursued by Ontario Provincial Police officers in the moments prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved in the pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

16 February, 2021

Former OPP Superintendent Charged with Sexual Assault in Relation to Toronto Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against a former Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) superintendent in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in Toronto in February of 2014.

12 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Injury in Waterloo While in Presence of Police

On June 2, 2020, Waterloo Regional Police Service officers transported an inebriated 41-year-old woman from a store to her residence. While outside the residence, the woman walked off a landing and fell onto the lawn, fracturing her left foot in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury.

12 February, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Man’s Arrest and Injury in Cambridge

On August 16, 2020, Waterloo Regional Police Service officers arrested a 43-year-old man in Cambridge. As officers were escorting the man, he lunged forward in an attempt to break free. The man was taken to the ground. While at the police station, the man began to complain of pain. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right clavicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

12 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an 18-year-old man in Mississauga who had been taken to hospital on February 9, 2021.

11 February, 2021

Man Alone was Responsible for Fall Through Glass Roof of Greenhouse; SIU Terminates Hanover Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 33-year-old man in Hanover.

11 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Hospitalization Following Drug Ingestion While in Kingston Police Cell

At approximately 7 p.m. on July 19, 2020, a 48-year-old woman consumed illicit drugs while lodged in a cell at Kingston Police headquarters. She started to display symptoms of a drug overdose within the hour and was taken to hospital. After a period in the Intensive Care Unit, the woman recovered and was discharged from hospital nine days later. Because the woman was in police custody at the time of her drug ingestion, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was in charge of the care of prisoners committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s time in custody.

11 February, 2021

Evidence Indicates Deaths of Father and Son in Kawartha Lakes a Result of Police Gunfire

Upon receipt and review of additional forensic evidence in this case, including the results of the postmortem examination performed on a child, and reports prepared by the Centre of Forensic Sciences of analyses conducted with respect to bloodstains in the pickup truck, the trajectory of shots that struck the truck, and firearms, cartridge cases and projectiles, the SIU can today confirm that the  child’s death on November 26, 2020 in Kawartha Lakes was the result of being shot by police. 

10 February, 2021

SIU Finds No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Scarborough Shooting

In the early morning hours of April 15, 2020, in the fourth-floor corridor of the apartment building at which a 43-year-old man resided, the man was shot and injured by a Toronto Police Service officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

10 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Tilbury Arrest

On July 25, 2020, a 49-year-old man suffered fractured ribs and a dog bite wound in the course of his arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Tilbury.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.  

10 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Sarnia

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision early this morning in Sarnia that resulted in the death of a man.

9 February, 2021

SIU Terminates North York Investigation After Determining Man’s Injuries a Result of Jump from Fourth-Floor Apartment Balcony

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in June in North York.

9 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Shooting of Man by Police Officer in Parking Lot of Toronto Hotel

On April 30, 2020, a 30-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of a Best Western Plus hotel by a Toronto Police Service officer. The man subsequently died at the scene of the shooting. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

8 February, 2021

Man Died in Home as a Result of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound; SIU Determines No Basis to Proceed with Charges in North Bay Case

On May 10, 2020, a 60-year-old man died in his North Bay home as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As North Bay Police Service officers had responded to the man’s residence to check on his welfare that morning – and were possibly present around the house at the time the man shot himself – the SIU conducted an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

8 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Motorcyclist in Toronto Collision

In the afternoon of July 24, 2020, a Toronto Police Service officer was performing speed enforcement when he clocked a Chevrolet Malibu exceeding the 50 km/h speed limit. The officer stepped onto the roadway and signaled at the driver to pull over and stop. The Malibu came to a stop, forcing the pickup truck behind to brake hard to prevent an impact with the rear of the Malibu. As the pickup truck driver did so, a motorcyclist behind the pickup truck attempted to maneuver around the rear driver’s side corner of the vehicle to avoid a collision. However, the motorcycle struck the rear of the truck sending him and his motorcycle into the passing lane where the vehicle was again struck by an eastbound Mazda. The 48-year-old male motorcyclist was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with several facial fractures and fractures of the right leg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

8 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Brampton

On August 23, 2020, a 47-year-old man suffered a fractured clavicle in the process of his arrest by Peel Regional Police officers in Brampton. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

8 February, 2021

SIU Updates Investigation into Fatal Shooting of Man in East Gwillimbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 37-year-old man on Saturday at a residence in East Gwillimbury. 

6 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Shooting of Man in East Gwillimbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction today in East Gwillimbury that resulted in two York Regional Police officers fatally shooting a 37-year-old man.

5 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision Between Civilian Vehicle and Police Cruiser

In the morning of November 2, 2020, a 70-year-old woman suffered a fracture of her right hand in a motor vehicle collision with a police cruiser. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was driving the cruiser committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury. The file is closed.

5 February, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Mississauga Arrest of Man

On July 18, 2020, a 50-year-old man was arrested in Mississauga by Peel Regional Police officers. During the course of his arrest, the man suffered severe injuries to his right leg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.  

5 February, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Brockville Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Brockville Police Service (BPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 31-year-old man in July of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

4 February, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Cruiser Strikes Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained last night in Brampton by a 39-year-old man after being struck by a police cruiser.

4 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Stratford

On June 27, 2015, a 23-year-old man was arrested by two Stratford Police Service officers. The following day, the man’s doctor diagnosed him with a mild concussion. On July 7, 2020, the man’s family contacted the SIU to report that the man’s injury was the result of force used during his arrest five years prior. As a result of the SIU’s investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

4 February, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Who Died in London

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 34-year-old Fabian Hart of London as the man who passed away on February 2, 2021, in London. 

3 February, 2021

SIU Investigating after Officer Discharges Less Lethal Shotgun at Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction that occurred early this morning in Toronto between police officers and an 18-year-old male.

2 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision that Injured Two People

On June 14, 2020, a 52-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter were in their Ford Escape stopped for a red light in Toronto when they were suddenly struck from behind by an SUV. The mother and daughter suffered serious injuries in the collision. As the driver of the SUV was being pursued by a police cruiser at the time, the SIU commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.

2 February, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Windsor Collision Between Motorcycle and Police Bicycle

On August 19, 2020, a Windsor Police Service officer was riding a bicycle when he collided with a motorcycle being operated by a 64-year-old man. Both individuals were ejected from their vehicles. The motorcyclist was transported to hospital and reportedly diagnosed with facial fractures and a brain bleed.  The officer suffered a compound fracture requiring surgery. While the officer appears largely to blame for the collision, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

2 February, 2021

Update: Woman Involved in January 1st Multi-Vehicle Collision in Toronto Succumbs to Injuries

On January 1, 2021, a Mercedes-Benz SUV being investigated by police became involved in a collision with other vehicles in the intersection of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West. As a result of the collision, the 23-year-old male driver of the Mercedes-Benz was taken to hospital, as was the 67-year-old female driver of a Honda CRV. On January 30, 2021, the 67-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

2 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old man this morning in London.

1 February, 2021

SIU Discontinues Bracebridge Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in Bracebridge between Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and a 43-year-old woman in October. The SIU was made aware of the incident on December 11, 2020.

1 February, 2021

Woman’s Injury in Cell Self-inflicted; SIU Discontinues Little Current Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into serious injury sustained in December by a 25-year-old woman while lodged in a police cell in Little Current.

1 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Falling Death of Woman in Oshawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year-old woman earlier today in Oshawa.

January

29 January, 2021

SIU Discontinues Rockland Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an October incident in which a 53-year-old man was injured.

28 January, 2021

SIU Finds No Grounds to Charge Police Service Dog Handler in Relation to Bite Injuries Sustained by Man During Arrest Odessa

On June 2, 2020, a 30-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his left leg when he was bitten by a police service dog in the course of his arrest in Odessa. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the dog’s handler committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

28 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting Death of Man in Temiskaming Shores

On the night of April 9, 2020, an individual called 911 from a residence in Temiskaming Shores, reporting a home invasion involving a man armed with a gun and a possible hostage situation. Upon entering the home, officers heard shouts coming from the second floor. One officer yelled upstairs for everyone to come down immediately. A 42-year-old man then emerged at the top of the stairs and began to make his way down the stairs with what appeared to be a handgun. Officers ordered the man to stop, and when the man continued to descend with his gun pointed at one of the officers, two officers discharged their firearms. The man was struck. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

27 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Teenager’s Arrest in Leamington and Subsequent Hospitalization

On May 6, 2020, a 17-year-old male was sent to hospital from the Ontario Provincial Police Leamington Detachment, where he was in custody, for treatment of an apparent drug overdose. The officer who had earlier arrested the teenager and lodged him in cells was identified as the subject officer for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the male’s arrest and subsequent admission to hospital.

27 January, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Midland

On September 25, 2020, a 32-year-old woman was arrested in Midland by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer and taken into custody.  The following evening, the woman contacted the OPP to report that her right arm had been fractured in the course of the arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest.

26 January, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Man in Attempt to Flee Police in London

On October 1, 2020, a 23-year-old man suffered fractures and a dislocation of bones in his left foot as he fled from the police in the area of the White Oaks Mall in London. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

25 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Alfred

On February 11, 2020, a sheriff attended a home in Alfred to enforce an eviction notice. When the 50-year-old homeowner indicated he had no intention of leaving the home, the sheriff contacted the Ontario Provincial Police for assistance. When an officer spoke with the man, the man explained he had several firearms in the house. As a result, a decision was made to set up containment around the property. At about 12:30 p.m., the man was seen opening a front window and closing the blinds to the same window. Within minutes, flames were seen within the home and smoke was billowing from the window. The man was discovered deceased in the basement of the home. He had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

25 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Apprehension in Brampton

On July 1, 2020, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to an address in Brampton to check on the well-being of a 32-year-old man. When an officer decided to apprehend the man under the Mental Health Act, the man – who recognized that he was in mental distress and in need of his medication – peacefully surrendered. However, as the man was being escorted down the stairs, he began to resist his arrest. Officers took the man to the ground and attempted to hold him in place pending the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics arrived, administered a sedative to the man and he was taken to hospital. There, he was diagnosed with a fractured ankle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

25 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Collision in Hamilton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred last night in Hamilton, resulting in serious injuries to a 44-year-old man.

24 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Sault Ste. Marie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old man last night in Sault Ste. Marie.

22 January, 2021

Woman’s Admittance to ICU a Result of Drug Overdose; SIU Discontinues Guelph Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Guelph.

22 January, 2021

SIU Discontinues Trenton Investigation as Man Alone was Responsible for Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 27-year-old man earlier this month in Trenton.

22 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Jump from London Apartment Balcony

On September 24, 2020, a 21-year-old man contacted police as he wanted another man removed from his apartment. Two London Police Service officers attended the apartment and executed a peaceful arrest of the man for whom there was an arrest warrant. As officers were escorting the man from the apartment building, they learned that someone had jumped from an apartment balcony. One of the officers went to the scene of the fall in order to help the individual, who turned out to be the 21-year-old man who had earlier contacted police. The man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with pelvic fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Marathon Collision Following Police Pursuit

On October 16, 2020, a 47-year-old man suffered a fractured left-sided rib in a motor vehicle collision north of Marathon. As the vehicle he was in had briefly been pursued by an Ontario Provincial Police officer moments before the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

21 January, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Bracebridge Arrest

On June 23, 2020, a 56-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Bracebridge. Several weeks later, the man was diagnosed with multiple un-displaced or minimally displaced rib fractures. As the injuries were not new at the time they were diagnosed, there was evidence to suggest that they were the result of the force inflicted on the man in the course of his arrest weeks earlier. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Burlington Collision

In the early morning hours of June 13, 2020, a 29-year-old man dislocated his left hip and fractured his left femur in a motor vehicle collision. As the vehicle in which the man was traveling was being pursued by a Halton Regional Police Service officer at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

20 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old man in Ottawa last night.

20 January, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Orillia Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an interaction with a 43-year-old woman in September of 2019. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer. The matter was brought to the attention of the SIU by a civilian on April 15, 2020.

20 January, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Criminally Charge a Peel Regional Police Officer in Connection with the Shooting Death of Jamal Francique

On January 7, 2020, Jamal Francique was shot by a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer in the course of his arrest in Mississauga.  Mr. Francique was taken to hospital and remained alive on life support until he passed away on January 10, 2020.  The SIU was notified and commenced an investigation.  

Based on his review of the evidence, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no grounds for proceeding with charges against the officer notwithstanding Mr. Francique’s death, and the file is closed.

19 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Hanover Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 42-year-old man that occurred in October of 2020.

15 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Fort Erie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 61-year-old man in Fort Erie this week.

15 January, 2021

Man Injured After Falling Out of Apartment Bedroom Window; SIU Terminates Collingwood Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 42-year-old man in Collingwood.

15 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Hamilton

In the early hours of September 24, 2020, a 54-year-old man and two others were caught by police officers while leaving a Signature Vape shop which they had just broken into. After the arrest was completed by police, it was discovered that the 54-year-old had several fractured bones in his left foot. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe any police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

15 January, 2021

Update Regarding Kawartha Lakes Investigation

The SIU investigation into the circumstances of an incident that resulted in the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his 33-year-old father is ongoing. Both sustained gunshot wounds on November 26, 2020 in the City of Kawartha Lakes in the course of an interaction between the father and Ontario Provincial Police officers. The child was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the father succumbed to his injuries almost one week later. 

14 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Peterborough Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred in October of 2020.

14 January, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Shoots Man in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting tonight in Scarborough.

13 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Apprehension of Woman in Whitby

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the apprehension of a 35-year-old woman in Whitby in June of 2018. On December 3, 2020, the woman contacted the SIU to report she had suffered a shoulder injury in the course of her apprehension.

13 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Caledonia Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 62-year-old man in Caledonia. 

12 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Beaverton ATV Collision

In the early morning hours of September 27, 2020, two police officers from the Durham Regional Police Service, investigating reports of suspicious motor vehicle activity on Simcoe Street in Beaverton, interacted with a man who was driving an ATV. The ATV crashed, and the man suffered four broken ribs on his left side and a broken scapula. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence during their encounter with the man.

11 January, 2021

SIU Finds no Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Brant Collision

On June 27, 2020, a 36-year-old man fractured his left arm when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ditch in Brant. As the man’s vehicle was being pursued by an Ontario Provincial Police officer prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.

7 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Drug Overdose in Barrie Police Station Cell

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 44-year-old man in Barrie. 

6 January, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Fatally Shot in Niagara-on-the-Lake

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 27-year-old Martin Gordyn of the Niagara Region as the man who was fatally shot yesterday during an interaction with police officers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

5 January, 2021

Youth in Yarker Sustained Injury after Jump from Balcony; SIU Terminates Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained in November by a 16-year-old male in Yarker. 

5 January, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man this afternoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

2 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man today in Ottawa.

1 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Multi-Vehicle Collision in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a multi-vehicle collision that occurred today in Toronto, resulting in serious injuries to two people.