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SIU Investigates Shooting in Toronto

Case Number: 06-TFI-106

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TORONTO (26 June, 2006) --- Twelve investigators, including three forensic identification technicians, from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are probing the circumstances surrounding a police shooting involving the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

The SIU was notified that at about 2:37 a.m. on June 25, 2006, TPS officers were called to a disturbance at 100 Prudential Drive in the area of Lawrence and Midland Avenues. Two officers approached a Toyota sedan and became involved in a confrontation with its male driver. During the confrontation, the 23-year-old driver, Selvarasah Selvanisha, sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound when one of the officers discharged his firearm. Mr. Selvanisha remains at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he is being treated for his injury. There were four other occupants in the Toyota. None of them were injured.

The TPS officer was treated at hospital for non-life-threatening injuries he received when he was struck by the Toyota during the confrontation. He has now been released.

The SIU has designated one subject officer and six witness officers from the TPS. Investigators have seized the subject officer's firearm and are canvassing the area for witnesses. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 2038 or through the "Contact Us" page on the Unit's website at www.siu.on.ca.

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
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342