News Release

SIU Statement on Scarborough Shooting Investigation

Case Number: 06-TFD-101

TORONTO (21 June, 2006) --- The Special Investigations Unit is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of a 15-year-old youth.

On June 20th, 2006, the young man was involved in a confrontation with two Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers in the area of 3700 Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough. As a result, the young man was fatally shot by a police officer.

The SIU will not be identifying the young man principally due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Contrary to some media reports, the SIU is not in a position, at this stage in the investigation, to speak conclusively about whether or not a weapon or firearm was recovered in relation to this shooting. This is considered to be a matter of evidence and any public comment on this issue could jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.

SIU forensic identification technicians have photographed, documented, and gathered evidentiary items from the shooting scene. As well, the white van in which the youth was in has been taken to the Centre of Forensic Science where it will be searched and analyzed.

SIU investigators are continuing to appeal for anyone who saw or heard this incident to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1988 or 1-800-787-8529 ext 1988.

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