News Release

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Kingston

Case Number: 19-OFD-222

Mississauga, ON (12 September, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 22-year-old man earlier today in Kingston.
 
Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 2 p.m. on September 12, 2019, in the area of Queen Street and Bagot Street, a Kingston Police officer came upon a 22-year-old man assaulting another individual.
  • Additional police officers arrived. 
  • There was an interaction between officers and the man, and one officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the man being struck.
  • Soon after the man began harming himself with a knife, a second police officer discharged his conducted energy weapon.
  • The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. At this time, two subject officers and one witness officer have been designated. The post-mortem is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Kingston.
 
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342