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SIU Concludes Investigation into Death in Brampton

Case Number: 06-OCD-091

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TORONTO (30 June, 2006) --- James Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of 30-year-old man.

On May 29, 2006, at about 2:11 p.m., a number of PRP officers responded to a radio call about a man with a gun at Dixie and Orenda Roads in Brampton. While en route, officers received information that the man was a suspect in the shooting of another man inside a grocery store.

Two officers were searching a parking lot when they found the man crouched down between two parked cars. The man stood up, drew a revolver from the waistband of his pants, and fled. Both officers ran after him. They had their guns drawn and yelled at him to drop his gun. The man ran to the front lawn of 8200 Dixie Road and dropped to his knees with the gun pointed at his head.

The officers took cover and one of them shouted at the man to drop the gun. The officers heard a gunshot and saw the man had fatally shot himself.



Director Cornish stated, "The standoff between the man and the officers was of brief duration and ended when the man shot himself. In these circumstances, I am satisfied there was nothing in the officers' conduct during their brief interaction with the man that could attract criminal sanction."

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations
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