SIU Investigating after Officer Discharges Less Lethal Shotgun at Man in Toronto
Case Number: 21-TCI-037
- At approximately 4 a.m. on February 3, 2021, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of Richmond Street East and Sherbourne Street in relation to a suspicious male.
- Upon arriving, officers located the man who was in possession of a knife and threatening to harm himself.
- When the deployment of two conducted energy weapons proved to be ineffective, an officer discharged a less lethal shotgun at the man. The man was struck.
- The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.
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
Monica Hudon, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342