SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharges in Brantford
Case Number: 21-OFP-105
- At approximately 1:15 p.m. on April 4, 2021, a man in possession of a machete approached an ambulance that had been parked on Grey Street. He began to make threats.
- Soon after Brantford Police Service officers arrived, the 37-year-old man retreated into his home. At some point, the man exited his home and advanced towards the police officers with a knife and sword in his hands.
- Use of force was employed against the man, including one officer firing plastic projectiles from an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN).
- The man re-entered his home and barricaded himself. A perimeter was established and efforts were made to communicate with the man.
- To support the ongoing situation, other police services attended.
- Yesterday morning, an officer with the Guelph Police Service also discharged his ARWEN at the man. The man went back inside his home.
- Today at approximately 4 p.m., there was interaction between the man and officers with the Ontario Provincial Police, which included multiple officers discharging their ARWENs. The man was apprehended and transported to hospital for treatment.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342