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December

7 December, 2021

No Charges Against OPP Officers in Shooting Death of Man near Northumberland

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Ontario Provincial Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting death of a 43-year-old man last April near Northumberland. 

3 December, 2021

No Charges Against Sarnia Police Officer After Man Broke Arm While Attempting to Flee on Bike

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Sarnia Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken right arm suffered by a 35-year-old man who fled arrest last August. 

3 December, 2021

No Charges Against Waterloo Police Officer After Man Falls from Motorized Bike, Breaks Elbow in Attempted Traffic Stop in Kitchener

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken left elbow suffered by a 31-year-old man after he fell off a motorized bicycle during a traffic stop in Kitchener last August.

3 December, 2021

No Charges Against OPP Officer After Man Diagnosed with Concussion Following Arrest in Belle River

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the concussion suffered by a 43-year-old man after his arrest last June in Lakeshore.

3 December, 2021

No Charges Against Peterborough Police Officer After High-Speed Crash that Killed One Man, 19, Injured Two Other Persons in Fraserville

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peterborough Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 19-year-old man and serious injuries suffered by two other persons in a collision last August.

2 December, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police Officer After Man With Knives Broke Ankle During Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a broken left ankle suffered by a 38-year-old man when he forced to the ground during his arrest last August.

1 December, 2021

No Charges Against Sarnia Police Officer in Woman’s Fractured Spine

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Sarnia Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 29-year-old woman whose spine was fractured during her arrest last August.

November

30 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Reported Serious Injury of Woman Arrested by Hamilton Police Officers

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a serious injury reportedly suffered by a 24-year-old woman during her arrest by Hamilton Police Service officers last week.

29 November, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police Officer for Firing Non-Lethal Shotgun at Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with firing a less-lethal shotgun at a 56-year-old man last August.

29 November, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police Officer After Firing Less-Lethal Shotgun at Man with Knife

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with firing a non-lethal shotgun at a 62-year-old man with a knife last July.

29 November, 2021

No Charges Against York Police Officers in Man’s Broken Rib

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that three York Regional Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a broken rib suffered by a 35-year-old man during his arrest in Keswick last August.

26 November, 2021

No Charges Against Peel Police Officer After Man Hit by Car on Mississauga Highway

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 28-year-old man struck by a car while evading arrest in Mississauga last July.

25 November, 2021

No Charges Against London Police Officer in Shooting of Man Armed with Knives

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting and injury of a 40-year-old man last July.

25 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Bobcaygeon After OPP Officer Discharged Firearm

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man after an Ontario Provincial Police officer discharged his firearm near a residence north of Bobcaygeon this morning.

25 November, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Discharged ARWEN at Barrie Man

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating following the police discharge of an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 39-year-old man in Barrie this morning.

24 November, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Drug Overdoses Suffered by Man in Lakeshore

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the drug overdoses suffered by a 30-year-old man following his arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Lakeshore last April. 

24 November, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Woman’s Reported Injury During Arrest in Calabogie

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a reported injury suffered by a woman during an arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers last August. 

24 November, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Broken Ankles Suffered by Woman in Hamilton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the broken ankles suffered by a 26-year-old woman while she fled police last month in Hamilton.

24 November, 2021

SIU Investigating After Peel Police Officer Discharged ARWEN at Man in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Peel Regional Police officer discharged an Anti Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 43-year-old man in Mississauga last night.

24 November, 2021

No Charges Against Police Officer Who Fired ARWEN at Man Fleeing Arrest in Brantford

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Brantford Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the discharges of an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 40-year-old man while he fled police last July.

23 November, 2021

Update on Kawartha Lakes Investigation

The Special Investigations Unit has received testing results from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in relation to the incident involving the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his father in Kawartha Lakes nearly one year ago. 

23 November, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Hospitalization After Arrest in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a drug overdose suffered by a man following his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers in June.

23 November, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police Officer After Man Reportedly Seriously Injured in Cell Area

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with serious injuries reportedly suffered by a 34-year-old man while he was in custody in January 2020.

22 November, 2021

No Charges Against Niagara Police Officer in Arrested Youth’s Broken Hand

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest of a 14-year-old boy who was later diagnosed with a broken right hand last April.

22 November, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Serious Injuries Reportedly Suffered by Man During Arrest in Peel Region

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries reportedly suffered by a 33-year-old man during his arrest by Peel Regional Police officers in August 2020.

21 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injury Suffered by Driver Who Fled Police in Port Colborne

The Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury suffered by a 27-year-old woman in a collision while fleeing from Niagara Regional Police Service officers last night in Port Colborne.

18 November, 2021

No Charges Against London Police Officer in Man’s Death

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service officer committed a criminal offence after a 34-year-old man -  Mr. Fabian Hart - died while in custody last February.

18 November, 2021

SIU Updates Investigation into Police Shooting Death of Man in Norfolk County

The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 70-year-old man, identified as Rodger Kotanko, after a Toronto Police Service officer discharged his firearm in Norfolk County on November 3, 2021. The incident occurred while Toronto Police Service officers were executing a search warrant at a residence in the area of Highway 6 and Highway 24. 

18 November, 2021

No Charges After Man’s Nose Broken During Arrest at Hamilton Home

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Hamilton Police Service officer committed a criminal offence when a man’s nose was broken during an arrest last April.

17 November, 2021

No Charges Against Brantford Police Officer After Man’s Ribs Broken

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Brantford Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 31-year-old man in the course of his arrest.

17 November, 2021

No Charges Against Thunder Bay Police Officers in Death of Man in 2010

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Thunder Bay Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 50-year-old man in 2010.

17 November, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharge, Serious Injury Suffered by Burlington Man

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Halton Regional Police Service officer discharged an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) at a 51-year-old man in Burlington this evening.

15 November, 2021

SIU Investigating After Toronto Police Officer Fired Less-Lethal Shotgun at Man

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Toronto Police Service officer fired a less-lethal shotgun at a man this morning in west Toronto.

12 November, 2021

No Charges Against OPP Officer in Drowning Death of Man in Norfolk County’s Waterford Ponds

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in the drowning death of a 42-year-old man in Waterford Ponds, Waterford last July.

12 November, 2021

No Charges Against Ottawa Police Officer in Death of Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ottawa Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in the death of a 61-year-old man last July.

10 November, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police Officers in Death of Toronto Woman

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in the death of a 30-year-old Toronto woman in 2020.

10 November, 2021

No Charges Against Ottawa Police Officer in Death of Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ottawa Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in the death of a 34-year-old man in Ottawa last July.

9 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injuries Suffered by Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries suffered by a 32-year-old man in Toronto after a fall from a high-rise apartment.

7 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man After Police Pursuit in Grey County

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision in Grey County this afternoon after a driver fled from a West Grey Police Service officer.

5 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision that occurred in Brampton early this morning that occurred after a driver fled a traffic stop attempt by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer.

5 November, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Woman Killed in Brampton Collision

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy, requiring consent from next of kin in death cases, the Unit is now able to identify Shellome Peart as the woman who died following a collision with a driver who was fleeing police in Brampton early this morning. The 21-year-old woman died in hospital after the vehicle she was driving was struck by a driver who fled when an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer attempted to make a traffic stop.

5 November, 2021

No Charges Against Timmins Officers in Man’s Broken Collar Bone During Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Timmins Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a serious injury suffered by a 26-year-old man in the course of his arrest in Timmins last July. 

4 November, 2021

Update: SIU Investigating Death of Man in Norfolk County

The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 70-year-old man after a Toronto Police Service officer discharged his firearm near a residence in Norfolk County yesterday afternoon.

4 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 62-year-old man in Toronto yesterday afternoon. 

3 November, 2021

No Charges Against Officer in Firearm Discharge at Stolen Truck in Waterloo

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the discharge of his firearm at a pickup truck.

3 November, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Norfolk County

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 70-year-old man after shots were fired near a residence in Norfolk County this afternoon.

2 November, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Fatally Shot by Police in London

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 29-year-old Justin Bourassa of Sarnia, who died on October 28, 2021, in London. Mr. Bourassa died in hospital after an officer discharged his firearm at him, following an interaction.

2 November, 2021

No Charges Against OPP Officers After Man Seriously Injured in Stolen Tractor Pursuit in Norfolk County

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Ontario Provincial Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injury suffered by a 42-year-old man operating a stolen tractor in Norfolk County last July.

2 November, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police Officers in Man’s Fatal Fall

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 37-year-old man in Toronto.

1 November, 2021

No Charges Against Cornwall Police Officer after Man Suffers Broken Jaw During Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Cornwall Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 23-year-old man seriously injured in the course of his arrest last July.

October

29 October, 2021

No Charges Against Ontario Provincial Police Officer After Man Injured in Pembroke Crash

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injury suffered by a 33-year-old man after he crashed into a ditch during a pursuit in Pembroke last July.

29 October, 2021

No Charges Against Peel Regional Police Officers After Death of Man in Brampton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Peel Regional Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 22-year-old man’s death in Brampton last July.

29 October, 2021

No Charges Against OPP Officer After Man Suffered Broken Hand in Orangeville

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 53-year-old man’s arrest and subsequent diagnosis of a broken left hand in Orangeville last June.

28 October, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man after he was shot by a London Police Service officer early this morning.

28 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Case of Man Missing in Georgian Bay, Midland

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who is missing after he drove his vehicle into Georgian Bay in Midland following an interaction with an Ontario Provincial Police officer this afternoon.

28 October, 2021

Update: Body of Man Found in Georgian Bay, Midland

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an 80-year-old man after he drove his vehicle into Georgian Bay in Midland following an interaction with an Ontario Provincial Police officer this afternoon.

27 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injury Suffered by Man in Ottawa Police Officer Involved Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a serious injury suffered by a 26-year-old man after he was struck by an Ottawa Police Service cruiser last night.

23 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injuries Suffered by Woman in Interaction with Hamilton Police Officers

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries suffered by a woman in an interaction with Hamilton Police Service officers last night.

23 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injury Suffered by Man in Essex County Crash

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a serious injury suffered by a man in a single-vehicle collision after a Windsor Police Service officer attempted to pull him over last night.

22 October, 2021

No Charges Against Niagara Police Officers After Man’s Death in St. Catharines

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Niagara Regional Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 31-year-old man’s self-inflicted death in June.

22 October, 2021

No Charges Against Windsor Police Officer in Motorcycle Crash

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Windsor Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 49-year-old man in a motorcycle collision in Windsor last June.

21 October, 2021

No Charges in Shooting of Non-Lethal Rounds at Fellow Officer in London Police Training Exercise

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two London Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with shooting non-lethal rounds at another officer during a training exercise in June.

20 October, 2021

Hamilton Police Officer Charged in Sexual Assault Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Hamilton Police Service officer committed criminal offences in Hamilton in 2010. 

20 October, 2021

No Charges Against Windsor Police Officers After Man’s Nose, Wrist Broken in Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 36-year-old man in the course of his arrest in Windsor last June.

19 October, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharge at Man in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of an Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) by Brantford Police Service officers at a man in a Brantford residence this morning.

19 October, 2021

No Charges Against Peel Regional Police Officer in Case of Woman Seriously Injured During Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 32-year-old woman’s arrest and serious injuries last June in Mississauga.

18 October, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Serious Injuries Suffered by Toronto Woman

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation of a 29-year-old woman’s broken her leg after an interaction with Toronto Police in east Toronto last month.

18 October, 2021

No Charges Against Ottawa Police Officers in Man’s Fall from Balcony

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Ottawa Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 55-year-old man after he fell from a third-floor balcony.

18 October, 2021

No Charges Against Durham Regional Police Officer in Woman’s Serious Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a woman who was seriously injured while in custody last June.

18 October, 2021

No Charges Against Niagara Parks Officer in Death of Man at Niagara Falls Waterfall

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Parks Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 38-year-old man at the Niagara Falls waterfall last June.

15 October, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Serious Injuries Suffered by Man in Markham

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a broken nose and ribs suffered by a 44-year-old man last August.

15 October, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Broken Wrist in Rockland OPP Cell

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury suffered by a man while he was in a cell at the Rockland OPP detachment in July.

15 October, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Broken Ankle in Toronto Police Cell

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the broken ankle suffered by a 60-year-old man in Toronto Police custody last month.

15 October, 2021

No Charges Against Durham Police Officer in Clarington Crash

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a collision that resulted in serious injuries to a motorcyclist and his passenger in Clarington last August. 

14 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto Police Custody

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 48-year-old man while in Toronto Police custody.

10 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Collision Involving Ottawa Police Cruiser, Two Seriously Injured

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision involving an Ottawa Police Service cruiser and another vehicle where two people were seriously injured last night.

10 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man, 34, in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old man last night in Toronto.

10 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 41-year-old man last night in the community of Scarborough in Toronto.

8 October, 2021

SIU Lays Charge Against OPP Officer in Sexual Assault Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in Ottawa, formerly Rideau Township. 

8 October, 2021

No Charges Against Peel Police Officer in Man’s Arrest, Reportedly Broken Ribs

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 38-year-old man’s arrest and reportedly broken ribs in Brampton last June.

8 October, 2021

No Charges Against North Bay Police Officer in ARWEN Discharges at Youth

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a North  Bay Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with discharging an Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) at a 17-year-old boy before his arrest in June.

7 October, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police After Man’s Death Following Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 55-year-old man’s death following his arrest in June.

7 October, 2021

No Charges Against Kingston Police in Man’s Arrest, Broken Arm

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Kingston Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a man’s arrest and broken arm in June.

5 October, 2021

SIU Lays Charges Against Ottawa Police Officer in Sexual Assault Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ottawa Police Service officer committed criminal offences in Ottawa. 

4 October, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Alleged Miscarriage Suffered by Woman in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a report that a woman had suffered a miscarriage as a result of being struck by a police officer in Toronto on or about August 23, 2021.

4 October, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Injuries Suffered by Man During Arrest in London

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injuries suffered by a 37-year-old man during his arrest by London Police Service and St. Thomas Police Service officers in June.

4 October, 2021

No Charges Against Durham Police Officer in Sexual Assault Allegation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted while being served traffic tickets last June.

4 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man at Devil’s Punchbowl Gorge in Hamilton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old man at the Devil’s Punchbowl conservation area in Hamilton this afternoon.

3 October, 2021

Update: Man Dead After Highway 115 Collision, CEW Discharge

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 48-year-old man following a single vehicle collision and police deployment of a conducted energy weapon (CEW) on Highway 115.

2 October, 2021

SIU Investigating Critical Injuries Suffered by Man After Clarington Collision, CEW Discharge

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the critical injuries suffered by a man following a single vehicle collision and police deployment of a conducted energy weapon (CEW) this afternoon.

1 October, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Discharge Firearms at Man in Dryden

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of firearms at a man in a vehicle in Dryden.

1 October, 2021

No Charges Against Toronto Police for Man’s Broken Hand

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 37-year-old man’s arrest and subsequent diagnosis of a broken right hand last June.

1 October, 2021

No Charges in High-Speed Police Pursuit on Hwy. 401 that Ended in Serious Injuries

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a woman who was a passenger in a pickup truck that crashed during a high-speed pursuit by Chatham-Kent Police Service in 2020.

September

29 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Hamilton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the Hamilton Police Service’s involvement in relation to a fatal collision that occurred in Hamilton this morning.

27 September, 2021

SIU Ceases Investigation into Crash Near OPP Road Closure in Port Hope

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a case involving a man who suffered serious injuries in a collision near an Ontario Provincial Police-involved road closure in Port Hope.

27 September, 2021

No Charges for Police Officer who Shot Man in Fleeing Vehicle

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a shooting that seriously injured a man last May.

25 September, 2021

SIU Seeking Driver of Light-Coloured SUV, a Potential Witness in Brampton Death Investigation

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is urging the driver of a light-coloured SUV who may have been in the area of Bellchase Trail, along the east side of the Duncan Foster Valley South greenspace, in Brampton on Monday, April 26, 2021, before 3 p.m., to come forward. The SIU believes the occupant(s) of the vehicle may have information in relation to an ongoing investigation involving a 19-year-old man who died after conducting a business transaction with two off-duty Toronto Police Service officers.

24 September, 2021

No Charges in Vaughan Shooting

The investigation involving a 23-year-old man shot by York Regional Police in an exchange of gunfire after a traffic stop attempt in Vaughan on Nov. 23, 2020, will not result in charges for officers involved.

24 September, 2021

No Charges in Cambridge Crash Involving Two Police Officers

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that any Guelph Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a multi-vehicle collision in Cambridge that resulted in serious injuries last May.

24 September, 2021

No Charges Against Police in Less-Lethal Shotgun Discharge at Man in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with striking a man with a less-lethal shotgun round during an arrest in Toronto last May.

23 September, 2021

No Charges in Man’s Broken Hip During Arrest in London

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken right hip suffered by a man in the course of his arrest last May.

22 September, 2021

SIU Seeking Video of Hamilton Crash

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is urging anyone who may have video of a single motor vehicle collision from the evening of August 20, 2021 on Audubon Street North in Hamilton to come forward.

22 September, 2021

No Charges in Fatal Motorcycle Crash in St. Catharines

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 20-year-old man’s death in a motorcycle collision in St. Catharines last May.

22 September, 2021

No Charges in Man’s Death Following Police Interaction in Port Hope

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Ontario Provincial Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 35-year-old man’s self-inflicted death in Port Hope last May.

20 September, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Broken Wrist in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a broken wrist suffered by a man in the course of his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers earlier this month.

20 September, 2021

No Charges in Post-Police Pursuit Crash that Resulted in Serious Injuries in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a man and woman in a collision following a police interaction in 2020.

19 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Sault Ste. Marie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 19-year-old man early this morning in Sault Ste. Marie.

18 September, 2021

No Charges for Toronto Police Officer in Shooting Death of Man Who Stabbed Another Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting death of a man who had stabbed an officer last May.

18 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injuries Suffered by Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries suffered by a 26-year-old man last night in Brampton.

17 September, 2021

No Charges After Woman Seriously Injured in Crash Following Police Pursuit in Ottawa

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Ottawa Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 28-year-old woman in a motor vehicle collision.

16 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Chatham Man

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 53-year-old Chatham man last night.

16 September, 2021

No Charges in Man’s Arrest, Hospitalization in Peterborough

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Peterborough Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 40-year-old man’s arrest and subsequent admission to hospital.

16 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Critical Injuries Suffered by Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the critical injuries suffered by a man in Ottawa. 

16 September, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharge at Man in Markham

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of an ARWEN tonight by a York Regional Police officer in Markham.

15 September, 2021

No Charges for OPP in Man’s Death on Manitoulin Island

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 43-year-old man’s death on Manitoulin Island in November 2020.

15 September, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Broken Wrist Suffered by Man in Ottawa

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into Ottawa Police Service officers after it was found that a 24-year-old man whom they had arrested had suffered a broken wrist prior to his interaction with police. 

15 September, 2021

No Charges After Woman’s Falling Death

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 60-year-old woman’s death in May.

13 September, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Injuries Suffered by London Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a purported serious injury suffered by a man after his arrest by London Police Service officers in June.

10 September, 2021

No Charges in Injuries Suffered by Woman in Police Custody in Niagara Region

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 25-year-old woman’s serious injury while in police custody last May.

10 September, 2021

No Charges for Niagara Officer for Punching Man during Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 52-year-old man’s arrest and serious injuries in St. Catharines in August 2020.

10 September, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into London Man’s Serious Injuries

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into facial injuries suffered by a man while fleeing from London Police Service officers.

10 September, 2021

No Evidence Police Responsible for Injuries Suffered by Man; SIU Discontinues Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into allegations that two undercover police officers were responsible for the serious injuries suffered by a man in a workplace accident in 2001.

10 September, 2021

No Charges in Police Cruiser, Motorcycle Crash in Brampton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a collision involving a motorcycle in Brampton last June.

9 September, 2021

No Charges for Police Officer for Man’s Broken Knee in St. Thomas

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe a St. Thomas Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 37-year-old man’s arrest and fractured kneecap last May.

9 September, 2021

No Charges After Man Seriously Injured in Police Custody in Dryden

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Dryden Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 19-year-old man’s injury while in the custody of the OPP Dryden Detachment.

9 September, 2021

No Charges for Ottawa Police Officers in Man’s Fatal Fall

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Ottawa Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 23-year-old man’s death in October 2020.

9 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injury Suffered by Man During Windsor Police Interaction

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries suffered by a 42-year-old man during an apprehension by Windsor Police Service officers early this morning.

9 September, 2021

No Charges for OPP Police Dog Handler After Woman Suffers Serious Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an OPP police dog handler committed a criminal offence in connection with a woman’s head injury in November 2020 in Leamington.

9 September, 2021

No Charges in Police-Involved Wrong-Way Crash with Motorcycle in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a collision in which two people suffered serious injuries.

8 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old man yesterday in rural Ottawa.

8 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Collision Involving Ottawa Police Cruiser, Two People Seriously Injured

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a collision involving an Ottawa Police Service cruiser and another vehicle in Ottawa last night.

7 September, 2021

No Charges to Issue After Police Fatally Shot Man in Collingwood Standoff

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting death of a man in Collingwood in September 2020.

6 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting of Man in Chatham-Kent

4 September, 2021

Update: SIU Investigating Toronto Police Cruiser, Motorcycle Collision

The driver of a motorcycle involved in a collision with a Toronto Police Service cruiser has died. The Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision yesterday afternoon.

3 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Toronto Police Cruiser, Motorcycle Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a collision involving a Toronto Police Service cruiser and a motorcyclist this afternoon in Toronto.

2 September, 2021

SIU Investigating Police Cruiser Crash in Milton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a collision involving a Halton Regional Police Service cruiser and a vehicle that resulted in serious injuries in Milton last night.

2 September, 2021

No Charges in Police Discharge of ARWEN During Arrest of Man in North Bay

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence for discharging an Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) during the arrest of a man in North Bay last May.

1 September, 2021

No Charges for Toronto Police Officer After Man’s Jaw Broken in Toronto Traffic Stop

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with breaking a 71-year-old man’s jaw with a baton during a traffic stop in Toronto in August 2020. 

1 September, 2021

No Evidence of Serious Injury; SIU Discontinues Investigation in Brantford

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a purported serious injury suffered by a 25-year-old man during his arrest in Brantford last month.

August

31 August, 2021

No Charges for Peel Regional Police in Woman’s Death

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Peel Regional Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 29-year-old woman in April 2020.

31 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has invoked its mandate in relation to the death of a 64-year-old man after an interaction with Ottawa Police Service.

30 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Police Discharge of CEW, Man Hospitalized in Niagara Falls

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police discharge of a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) at a 43-year-old man before he was hospitalized in critical condition this morning.

30 August, 2021

Update on SIU Investigation into Death of Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 19-year-old man following an interaction with off-duty Toronto Police Services (TPS) officers in April 2021.

27 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Police Pursuit, Driver Seriously Injured in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a Peel Regional Police-involved collision during the pursuit of a driver last night in Brampton. 

26 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man after an interaction with persons who identified themselves as police officers on April 26, 2021. 

26 August, 2021

SIU Concludes Investigation Involving York Regional Police Service

The SIU initiated an investigation after a 22-year-old male was seriously injured in the course of his arrest by York Regional Police (YRP) officers on March 29, 2021.

26 August, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Thunder Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to charge a Thunder Bay Police Service officer after a man was seriously injured during an arrest in April 2021. 

26 August, 2021

SIU Lays Charges Against Sarnia Police Officer in Sexual Assault Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Sarnia Police Service officer committed criminal offences in relation to incidents that reportedly occurred between March 2018 and June 2021. 

24 August, 2021

No Charges for Police in Man’s Drug Overdose Death While in Custody in Northwestern Ontario

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 37-year-old man’s death in custody last October.

24 August, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Broken Leg Suffered by Man During Arrest in Kingston

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the leg fractures suffered by a 35-year-old man in the course of his arrest last month in Kingston.

23 August, 2021

No Charges in Broken Ribs Suffered by Man During Arrest in Mississauga

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a man’s arrest and two fractured ribs.

20 August, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation of a Serious Injury Suffered by Man While Fleeing Police in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation of a broken right heel suffered by a man in a fall while fleeing Toronto Police Service officers last month.

20 August, 2021

No Charges for Police in Relation to Man Who Suffered Drug Overdose in Belleville Cell

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a man who suffered from a drug overdose while in a Belleville Police Service cell last April.

20 August, 2021

Update on Kawartha Lakes Investigation

The Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate an incident involving the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his 33-year-old father in Kawartha Lakes last November. 

19 August, 2021

No Charges in Man’s Injury During Arrest in Durham Region

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two officers committed a criminal offence when a man suffered a fractured collarbone during an arrest in Cannington last April.

18 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Three-Vehicle Collision involving an OPP Cruiser

The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding a three-vehicle collision involving an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruiser in Beckwith Township.

18 August, 2021

Man Diagnosed with Serious Injuries following Crash; SIU Discontinues Haldimand Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into injuries suffered by a 33-year-old man earlier this month.

18 August, 2021

Man’s Admittance to ICU a Result of Alcohol Abuse; SIU Discontinues Lindsay Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation of an incident in which a man was admitted to hospital following his arrest by Kawartha Lakes Police Service officers.

18 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Police Shooting of Man in Kitchener

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who was shot by Waterloo Regional Police Service in Kitchener this evening.

17 August, 2021

No Evidence Police Caused Man’s Death at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre; SIU Discontinues Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a man in custody last month.

17 August, 2021

No Charges After ARWEN Discharge at Youth Suspected in Kenora Robbery

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence for firing an Anti-riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 15-year-old youth in Kenora last April.

15 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Fergus

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old man this afternoon in Fergus.

15 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Police Vehicle, Motorcycle Crash in Clarington

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a collision involving a Durham Regional Police Service vehicle and motorcycle that resulted in serious injuries this evening in Clarington.

14 August, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man Reportedly Injured After Nerf Gun Arrest East of Ottawa

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an 18-year-old man reported to have suffered a serious injury during his arrest by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Clarence-Rockland last month.

13 August, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Police Cruiser Crash in Barrie

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a report that a man was possibly seriously injured following a motor vehicle crash with an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser.

13 August, 2021

No Charges After ARWEN Fired at Man in Niagara Falls

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence when he fired his Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a man during an arrest last April.

13 August, 2021

No Charges After Woman Struck by ARWEN During Apprehension in Whitby

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two Durham Regional Police officers committed a criminal offence after they fired Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) rounds to disarm a woman in distress.

13 August, 2021

No Charges in ARWEN Shooting of Man Believed to Be Armed near Mississauga Mall

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence after firing an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) at a man believed to have a gun near a Mississauga mall.

12 August, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Officer-Involved Shooting of Toronto Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in the shooting of a man in his Toronto apartment in April 2021.

10 August, 2021

No Charges in Sexual Assault Allegation Involving Peel Regional Police Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a sexual assault allegation in the course of a man’s arrest in September 2020.


10 August, 2021

No Charges to Issue After Youth Seriously Injured in Crash Following Police Pursuit

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the pursuit of a 17-year-old male driver.

7 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Peterborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a multi-vehicle collision late last night, resulting in the death of a 19-year-old male. 

6 August, 2021

SIU Investigating Firearm-related Death of Woman in Burks Falls

On Thursday August 5, 2021 at approximately 8:19 pm, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a Burks Falls residence for an unwanted person. Two officers arrived and were confronted by a female wielding a knife.  An interaction ensued and both officers discharged their pistols.  The female was struck and mortally wounded.  A third responding officer performed CPR, but the resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

6 August, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Firearm Discharge at Man in Toronto

On April 10, 2021, a 42-year-old male was struck by a sock round from a less-lethal shotgun fired by a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer after he threatened members of his family with a knife. The arresting officer – the SO – was identified as a subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The SIU Director, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the SO committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

6 August, 2021

No Basis to Charge Guelph Police Officer After ARWEN Discharge at Man

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has found no reasonable grounds to charge a Guelph Police Service (GPS) officer who discharged his Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 27-year-old man in Guelph in April 2021. The officer who discharged the ARWEN was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation.

5 August, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Chatham-Kent

The Special Investigations Unit has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Chatham-Kent Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the drowning death of a 29-year-old man on April 6, 2021.

3 August, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Toronto Drug Overdose Case

A 57-year-old man passed away of an apparent drug overdose in the early morning hours of April 5, 2021. He was in the custody of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) following the execution of a search warrant by a team of officers.  The officer in charge of the operation was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death. 

3 August, 2021

Police Action Was a Measured and Commensurate Response to the Risks at Hand

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer comported himself unlawfully in the use of a less-lethal force, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case. 

3 August, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Discharge of Less-Lethal Firearm by OPP Officers

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the subject officials committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting and arrest of the 37-year-old man.

3 August, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to ARWEN Discharge at Man in Brantford

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with his Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) discharge.

2 August, 2021

SIU Investigating after Officer Discharges Less-Lethal Shotgun at Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of less-lethal shotgun by an officer at a 56-year-old man in Toronto. 

1 August, 2021

SIU Investigating the Discharge of Less-Lethal Firearms at a Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of non-lethal weapons by two Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers at a man in Toronto. 

July

30 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Mississauga Man

On April 1, 2021, a 47-year-old male sustained serious injury in the process of his arrest in Mississauga. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has found that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that one of the officers involved in his arrest – the subject official - committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

30 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting Incident in Ottawa

On April 4, 2021, a 28-year-old male was shot and wounded by an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer. The officer in question was identified as the subject officer for purposes of the SIU investigation. 

30 July, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Injury in Brockville

On July 15, 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that a 33-year-old man in their custody had been diagnosed with a fractured right heel.  The SIU initiated an investigation. Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary inquiries, which included an interview with the man and a review of a video recording of his time in police custody, Director Joseph Martino concluded that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the man’s injury.  

30 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Death of Man in Motor Vehicle Collision in Adjala-Tosorontio

The province's Special Investigations Unit has concluded that there are no grounds to lay charges against an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer after a man he attempted to stop for speeding lost his life in a motor vehicle collision.

30 July, 2021

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Man’s Death in Oshawa

November 22, 2020, a 34-year-old man fell to his death in Oshawa. As a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer had interacted with the man just before the fall, the SIU was contacted and opened a file.  Upon completion of the investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death. 

29 July, 2021

No Charges in Brantford Motorcycle Crash

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found there are no grounds to charge a Brantford Police Service officer after a man he attempted to stop was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in March 2021.

29 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Kitchener Drug Overdose Case

A 43-year-old woman passed away of a drug overdose on November 22, 2020 in Kitchener.  As Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers had interacted with her in the hours before her death, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified and opened a file.  Two WRPS officers were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU’s investigation.  SIU Director, Joseph Martino, determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s death. The file is closed.

29 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Peterborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to charge a Peterborough Police Service (PPS) officer in connection with a 35-year-old man’s injury, diagnosed following his arrest on November 19, 2020. 

29 July, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Woman’s Death in Niagara

On May 21, 2020, a 24-year-old woman passed away of a drug overdose while inside her cell.  The officer in charge of the station when the woman was in custody, was identified as the subject officer (SO) for purposes of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation.  SIU Director, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

28 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Discharge of ARWEN at Man in Brantford

On Tuesday July 27, members of the Brantford Police Service (BPS) were executing a search warrant at a house in Brantford. A male party ran from the residence and he was chased by officers, including a member of the Canine Unit. An interaction between the male and the officers took place and a conducted energy weapon (CEW) was discharged and an ‘Anti Riot Weapon ENfield’ ARWEN was also discharged. Both stuck the male. 

28 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in London

On Wednesday July 28, 2021, officers from the London Police Service (LPS) responded to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment in London. Attending officers were met by the complainant who was armed with knives.  Two officers deployed their conducted energy weapon (CEW) and a third officer discharged his pistol. The complainant was struck with the projectiles.

27 July, 2021

No Charges After Peel Regional Police Officers Discharge Firearms at Man

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to charge two Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers who discharged their firearms at a man in Brampton in March 2021.

26 July, 2021

SIU Clears OPP Officers Who Fatally Shot Haliburton Man

On July 15, 2020, Leslie Hegedus passed away following an exchange of gunfire with two Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Dysart, Ontario. The two officers – SO #1 and SO #2 – were identified as subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the SIU, Joseph Martino, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either SO #1 or SO #2 acted other than lawfully throughout this incident. Accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file is closed.

26 July, 2021

SIU Discontinues Investigation of Woman’s Stab Wound

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a Toronto Police Service (TPS) interaction and woman’s injury last month in Toronto.

26 July, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Guelph Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation in Guelph.

23 July, 2021

Man Injures Himself in Second-Story Jump; SIU Discontinues Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation of injuries suffered by a man after jumping from a second-story window two weeks ago in Windsor.

23 July, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation in Relation to Brampton Man’s Injury

On June 13, 2021, a 40-year-old male suffered a fractured right wrist while in Peel Regional Police (PRP) custody.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, determined there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the man’s injury. 

23 July, 2021

No Charges in Toronto Man’s Death

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found no grounds to charge a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer in connection with a 37-year-old man’s death hospital in March 2021.

22 July, 2021

SIU Investigating 2010 Death of Man in Thunder Bay

After receiving a report on Tuesday from the Thunder Bay Police Service, the province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 50-year-old man in 2010.

22 July, 2021

No Charges in Man’s Arrest, Serious Injuries

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to charge Toronto Police Service officers involved in the arrest of a man who sustained serious injuries in Vaughan in 2020. 

21 July, 2021

Peel Regional Police Officer Facing Assault Charges

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed criminal offences in the arrest of a 22-year-old man in Mississauga in May 2021. 

20 July, 2021

No Charges in Police Discharge of ARWEN, CEW at Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found there are no grounds to charge Peel Regional Police officers who discharged less-lethal weapons at a 53-year-old man in Brampton in March 2021.

18 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Norfolk County

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 42-year-old man in Norfolk County.

17 July, 2021

No Charges in Patient’s Injury at Mississauga Hospital

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that Peel Regional Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 32-year-old patient’s injury in Mississauga Trillium Hospital in March 2021.

17 July, 2021

No Charges After Hamilton Man Injured During Arrest

The Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to charge Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officers after a man was injured following a foot pursuit in March 2021.

17 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Sudbury Woman’s Death

The Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Greater Sudbury Police officers committed a criminal offence in the death of a woman who fell from a Sudbury bridge on March 19, 2021.

17 July, 2021

Police Not Liable for Man’s Truck Crash Injuries; SIU Discontinues Investigation in Strathroy-Caradoc

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation after finding no police fault for a London man’s serious injuries.

16 July, 2021

No Charges in Arrest of Toronto Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a man’s arrest and injuries on March 18, 2021.

16 July, 2021

Man’s Admittance to ICU a Result of Drug Overdose; SIU Discontinues Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation launched after a complaint was received through the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD).

16 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 61-year-old man yesterday afternoon.

16 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man Found Deceased After Hostage-Taking

The Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police committed a criminal offence after a man who had taken hostages was found deceased at a home in Orangeville March 20, 2021. 

15 July, 2021

No Basis to Charge Police Officers in Relation to Arrest of Man Involved in Tow Truck Carjacking

On February 26, 2021, a 35-year-old man suffered a serious injury in and around the time of his arrest by Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers. Two officers were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation. 

15 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Firearm Discharge at Man in Chatham-Kent

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of a less-lethal firearm early this morning in Chatham-Kent. 

15 July, 2021

No Charges After Windsor Man Injured During Arrest

The SIU has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that Windsor Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a man’s arrest on March 18, 2021, and his subsequent admission to hospital with a serious injury.

14 July, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Hamilton Arrest

A 54-year-old man was diagnosed with serious injuries following his arrest by Hamilton Police Service officers on March 14, 2021.  Four officers were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation. 

13 July, 2021

SIU Closes Investigation Involving London Police Service Officers

On March 14, 2021, 22-year-old male suffered a serious injury in the course of his arrest by London Police Service officers. The three arresting officers were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation.  The investigation has now concluded with a finding by the SIU Director, Joseph Martino, that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officials committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

13 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death of a 35-year-old man who had an earlier interaction with members of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). 

12 July, 2021

No Criminal Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Huron Shores

On February 28, 2021, a 60-year-old male suffered serious injuries in the course of his arrest by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Huron Shores.  One of those officers was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation.  

12 July, 2021

SIU Concludes Toronto Firearm Discharge at a Person Investigation

On March 12, 2021, a 37-year-old male was struck with a less-lethal round discharged by an Emergency Task Force (ETF) officer from his firearm. 

12 July, 2021

SIU Concludes Investigation in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Smith Falls

On April 27, 2021, while in the custody of the Smiths Falls Police Service, a 34-year-old male was diagnosed with a serious injury. The officer who had arrested the male earlier in the day was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. 

12 July, 2021

SIU Concludes Investigation of Police Firearm-related Injury in Timmins

On October 31, 2020, a 31-year-old male was shot by a Timmins Police Service officer and suffered serious injuries in the process. The officer in question was identified as the subject officer for purposes of the SIU investigation. 

12 July, 2021

No Basis to Charge Officer in Connection with Man’s Arrest in Toronto

On March 13, 2021, a 20-year-old male was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers and suffered a serious injury in the process.  One of the arresting officers was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The investigation has now concluded with a finding by the SIU Director, Joseph Martino, that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

7 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Oxford County

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on HWY#401 in Oxford County.  

7 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Firearm Discharge in Chatham-Kent

On Wednesday July 7, 2021 at approximately 4:30am, the Chatham-Kent OPP responded to a call about a theft of gas from a local station.  A responding officer spotted the suspect vehicle. While police were following the vehicle, it lost control and rolled into the ditch.  An interaction took place with a male occupant and the officer discharged his pistol.  The male was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

7 July, 2021

SIU Closes Collision Investigation Involving Ontario Provincial Police

On November 12, 2020, following a brief police pursuit, a male driver was involved in a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway 52, Malahide. The driver suffered serious injuries. The OPP officer operating the pursuing police cruiser was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU ensuing investigation. 

6 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Police Shooting in Waterloo

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of a firearm by a police officer in Waterloo.

5 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Regent Park

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death of a 37-year-old man in Toronto. 

5 July, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Machin

On September 19, 2020, a 24-year-old man sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Manchin, Ontario, succumbing to his injuries the following day in hospital.  As Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers had interacted with the man and were in and around the area at the time of the shooting, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation.  Two of those officers were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation.  

5 July, 2021

SIU Closes Collision Investigation Involving Durham Regional Police Service

On March 7, 2021, a woman and her grandson were seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision in Whitby, as was the driver of the vehicle that crashed into them. As the driver - a 31-year-old male - had been pursued by Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers before the collision, the SIU opened a file and commenced an investigation. 

2 July, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 22-year-old male after an interaction with police on Thursday, July 1, 2021. 

June

30 June, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation of Woman’s Arrest in Orillia

On June 2, 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) contacted the SIU to report that a 30-year-old woman they had taken into custody that date had sustained stab wounds in the course of her arrest.  Following an altercation with a couple of OPP police officers that marked her arrest for trespass to property, in which one-half of a pair of scissors was reportedly produced by the woman and responsible for her injuries and the officers, the woman was taken to hospital for treatment.  

30 June, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Connection with Man’s Arrest in Toronto

On January 12, 2021, a 56-year-old male was arrested and subsequently taken to hospital in police custody where he was diagnosed with a serious injury – a fractured right rib.  The arresting officers – SO #1 and SO #2 – were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation.  

30 June, 2021

No Basis to Charge Officer in Connection with Woman’s Arrest in Niagara Falls

On March 3, 2021, a 41-year-old female suffered a serious injury in the course of her arrest in Niagara Falls by a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer.  The arresting officer – the SO – was identified as a subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation.  

27 June, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Niagara Falls

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who descended down the Falls into the Niagara River on June 20, 2021. 

25 June, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in St. Catharines

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 41-year-old man in St. Catharines yesterday.

25 June, 2021

SIU Concludes Investigation of Kenora Arrest

A 26-year-old male was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Kenora on May 16, 2020, and subsequently diagnosed with a serious injury. One of the two arresting officers was identified as the Subject Official for purposes of the SIU investigation as he had punched the male in the course of the arrest.

25 June, 2021

SIU Concludes Investigation of Death of Man in Motor Vehicle Collision

On February 27, 2021, a 62-year-old male succumbed to injuries incurred in a motor vehicle collision in the area of Northumberland Road and Roseneath Landing Road, Ontario.  As the vehicle in which he was traveling had almost struck an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruiser just before the collision, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The driver of the OPP vehicle was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation.  The investigation has now been concluded.   

23 June, 2021

SIU Concludes Investigation in Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Toronto

On February 23, 2021, members of the Emergency Task Force (ETF) attended at an apartment building in Toronto.  They were deployed to make entry into two apartments ahead of the execution of search warrants by investigators in relation to a homicide investigation.  As the officers broke open the door of one apartment, they were confronted by a 46-year-old man – Gedi Ali Gedi – rushing at them with a knife and cleaver in his possession.  Two of the ETF officers – identified as subject officials in the investigation – discharged their firearms at Mr. Gedi, striking him once.  Mr. Gedi was taken to hospital and succumbed to his injuries.

The Director of the SIU, Joseph Martino, has concluded that the officers were in the lawful execution of their duties and that their resort to gunfire was legally justified in the circumstances.

22 June, 2021

SIU Investigating Sexual Assault Allegation

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating a sexual assault that is alleged to have been committed by two Toronto Police Officers against a woman in the course of her arrest.  The arrest reportedly took place in the evening of July 22, 2019 in the parking lot of a Wild Wing restaurant in the area of Kingston Road and Brooklawn Avenue, Scarborough.

22 June, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Vaughan Arrest

On August 17, 2020, a 24-year-old male was diagnosed in hospital with a fractured right hand.  He was in the custody of the York Regional Police Service (YRPS) at the time, having earlier been arrested by a YRPS officer.  The arresting officer was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. 

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

22 June, 2021

SIU Finds No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Windsor

On February 22, 2021, a 26-year-old male was seriously injured in the course of his arrest by the Windsor Police Service (WPS) officers, the result of a bite by a police dog. The dog’s handler was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation.

The case has been concluded with a finding by the SIU Director, Joseph Martino, that there were no reasonable grounds in the evidence to cause charges to be laid against the subject official.

21 June, 2021

Durham Regional Police Service Officer Charged with Careless Use of a Firearm

On April 16, 2021, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers responded to a call regarding a theft that had reportedly occurred at an LCBO in Oshawa. 

The responding officers located the suspects’ vehicle in a plaza parking lot. As the police officers approached the vehicle, the driver drove forward and proceeded east along a walkway. One of the officers discharged his firearm multiple times. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, Cst Kevin Wintle has been charged with careless use of a firearm contrary to section 86 (1) of the Criminal Code.

Cst Wintle is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa on July 8, 2021.

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.  

18 June, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Lay Charges Against OPP Officers in Relation to Leamington Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the force used by two Ontario Provincial Police Service (OPP) officers in arresting a 30-year-old male in Leamington was excessive.  

18 June, 2021

Police Did Not Contribute to Man’s Injury Sustained When He Jumped from Balcony; SIU Terminates Hamilton Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Hamilton 

18 June, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Hamilton Man

On February 21, 2021, a 28-year-old male sustained a broken nose in the process of his arrest in his mother’s home in Hamilton. According to the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, “On my assessment of the evidence, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.”

11 June, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Hamilton Arrest

On February 12, 2021 a 32-year-old male was diagnosed in hospital with a fractured right hand.  He was in the custody of the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) at the time, having earlier been arrested by an HPS officer.  The arresting officer was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation.

11 June, 2021

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Toronto

On February 11, 2021, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) responded to a possible impaired driver in the area of Charles Street. A 43-year-old woman had been living in her vehicle for several days. While stopped in the intersection of Charles Street East and Church Street, the woman noticed a TPS police cruiser approaching her vehicle.  She panicked at the sight of the officers and fled the area. TPS officers eventually arrested the woman and was taken to the police station. She complained of pain and was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with serious injury. 

11 June, 2021

SIU Investigating the Discharge of a Less-Lethal Firearm at a Young Man in North Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) by a North Bay Police Service (NBPS) officer at a young male (age unknown at this time) in the area of Ski Club Road, North Bay. 

10 June, 2021

SIU Investigating the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of a Male Driver who was Arrested by Police and then Died After His Admission to Hospital

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the death of a 56-year-old man, who was arrest by the Toronto Police Service and then died after his admission to hospital. 

10 June, 2021

SIU Concludes Fatal Sarnia Collision Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Sarnia Police Service (SPS) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 40-year-old man in Sarnia. 

10 June, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Mississauga

On February 11, 2021, an 18-year-old male passed away in a Mississauga hospital.  He had been taken to hospital by Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers on February 9, 2021 following his apprehension under the Mental Health Act.  The SIU initiated an investigation and identified two PRP officers as subject officials.  

9 June, 2021

SIU Discontinues Peel Region Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation of a collision involving two Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers.

7 June, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of a Man in Stratford

On November 19, 2020, at around 6:00 a.m., two Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Stratford responded to a call for a 41-year-old male who was found to be "passed out" in the driver's seat. When the police officers approached the vehicle, the man drove off and into a corn field where he remained for some time.  Additional police officers arrived and set up containment around the field.  The man eventually drove out of the field and struck several police cruisers that were unattended on the road.  A spike belt was deployed, and the man drove over it.  As a result, the man’s vehicle eventually became disabled a short distance away. After the arrest, the man was transported to hospital and subsequently diagnosed with serious injuries.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the officers comported themselves with due care and regard for public safety in their participation in the events resulting in the man’s arrest, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case. The file is closed.

7 June, 2021

Police Did Not Cause Man’s Injury During Arrest; SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Windsor. 

5 June, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges Against Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting of Man in Mount Albert

On February 6, 2021, York Regional Police (YRP) began to receive 911 calls about a stabbing incident at Ridge Gate Crescent in Mount Albert. Soon after entering the residence, the officers located a 37-year-old man armed with a knife and holding a child suffering from a knife wound. In the presence of police, the man stabbed another child. Two officers discharged their firearms and the man was fatally struck. At the home, officers located the man’s wife who had earlier been lethally wounded by the man, and another woman who had been injured. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

4 June, 2021

SIU Terminates Niagara Falls Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in June of 2020. The SIU was notified of the incident on May 14, 2021 by the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS).

4 June, 2021

SIU Investigating Two-Vehicle Collision Involving Niagara Police Officer

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a collision involving a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer in Brampton Wednesday afternoon.

4 June, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to a Firearm Discharge at a Woman in Peel Region

On February 4, 2021, the Peel Regional Police Service (PRP) responded to a report of a woman in distress. A PRP officer deployed a Controlled Energy Weapon (CEW) and Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN), disarmed the woman, and took her into custody.  Following her arrest, the woman was taken to hospital where she was admitted for psychiatric examination.
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, said, “as I am satisfied that the officer used no more force than was reasonably necessary to safely take the woman into lawful custody, there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed.”

4 June, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by a Man During Arrest in Sudbury

On November 21, 2020, the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) officer responded to a housing complex in Chelmsford for a report of a domestic dispute.  The officers tried to arrest a 38-year-old male for public intoxication. The man resisted arrest and was taken to the ground.  He was later transported to hospital and diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture to his nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer acted other than lawfully in his interaction with the male, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against the officer and the file is closed.   

3 June, 2021

Police Did Not Contribute to Man’s Injury Sustained When He Jumped from Balcony; SIU Terminates Waterloo Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Waterloo.

3 June, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Discharge of Less-Lethal Firearm by Police Officer in Toronto

On February 3, 2021, Toronto Police Service officers responded to a condo on Adelaide Street for a report of a person damaging vehicles in the underground garage. After a search, officers located the 18-year-old man at a Green P parking on Richmond Street East. When the man proceeded to pull a knife on the officers, two officers discharged their Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) at the man. Unaffected by the discharge, the man continued to make his way westbound on Richmond Street East. A third officer subsequently fired beanbag rounds from her less-lethal shotgun, striking the man. The man continued to walk away, but collapsed to the ground minutes later. He was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment of a fracture of the right forearm/wrist. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who discharged the less-lethal shotgun committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

2 June, 2021

Woman Jumped from Bridge in Odessa; No Basis to Lay Charges Against Officers who Tried to Save Her

On February 20, 2021, an 18-year-old woman jumped from a bridge in Odessa, suffering very serious injuries in the process. As two Ontario Provincial Police officers had interacted with her prior to the fall, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injuries.

1 June, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Death of Man Who Had Jumped from Bridge in Presence of Toronto Police Service Officers

On November 2, 2020, a 45-year-old man died when he jumped from the Dundas Street bridge over the Don River and Don Valley Parkway. As Toronto Police Service officers were on the bridge and had engaged with the man in the hours prior to his death, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

May

31 May, 2021

SIU Investigating Sock Gun Discharge in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a sock gun on Friday in Toronto.

31 May, 2021

SIU Investigating After Officer Discharges Firearm in North York

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a police firearm yesterday in North York.

31 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Fatal Fall from Oshawa Parking Garage

On February 1, 2021, a 24-year-old woman fell to her death from the rooftop of a municipal parking garage in Oshawa. As Durham Regional Police Service officers were present at the time, one of whom was actively engaged with the woman, the SIU was notified and initiated an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s death.

28 May, 2021

Officers who Attempted to Box-in Vehicle did Not Commit Criminal Offence; SIU Closes File into Toronto Investigation

On October 24, 2020, a 55-year-old man suffered a serious injury when the vehicle he was operating was struck by a Honda Pilot. In the moments prior to the collision, Toronto Police Service officers had attempted to box-in the Honda and had pursued it, thus invoking the SIU’s mandate. The principal officers in the attempted box-in of the Honda were identified as subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

28 May, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Brampton Arrest

In the early morning hours of November 22, 2020, a 24-year-old man was arrested in Brampton by Peel Regional Police officers for failing to provide a breath sample, and released at the scene. The man subsequently attended hospital and was diagnosed with left-sided rib fractures.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

28 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Sarnia

On January 26, 2021, a 38-year-old man suffered a serious injury in the course of his arrest by Sarnia Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the four arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

27 May, 2021

Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping from Roof; SIU Discontinues Timmins Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained earlier this month by a 20-year-old man in Timmins.

27 May, 2021

SIU Terminates Brampton Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the apprehension of a man earlier this month in Brampton.

27 May, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charges Against Police Officers in Relation to Belleville Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that three Belleville Police Service (BPS) officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 34-year-old man in November 2019. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against each of the officers.  

27 May, 2021

SIU Investigating Involvement of Guelph Police Service in Relation to Cambridge Multi-Vehicle Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a multi-vehicle collision this evening in Cambridge.

26 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Arrest

On January 20, 2021, a 34-year-old man suffered a serious injury in the course of his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

26 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue Against Officer Who Struck Man with Cruiser in Brampton

In the evening of February 3, 2021, two vehicles became involved in a collision in the area of Chinguacousy Road and Williams Parkway. Both drivers exited their vehicles to check on each other’s wellbeing. At about the same time, a Peel Regional Police officer was traveling north on Chinguacousy Road south of the collision site. He noticed debris on the road in the area of the stopped vehicles and was taking note to avoid objects on the road when his cruiser struck one of the drivers from the earlier collision. The 39-year-old man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with multiple fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

26 May, 2021

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Arrest Outside Peterborough Grocery Store

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 40-year-old man last week in Peterborough.

25 May, 2021

SIU Investigating Collision in Gloucester

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a weekend collision in Gloucester.

25 May, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Mini-Motorcycle Collision in St. Catharines

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision that occurred today in St. Catharines.

25 May, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man at Port Hope Hotel

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 35-year-old man in Port Hope.

25 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Connection with Pursuit that Preceded Dundas Collision

On January 25, 2021, a 44-year-old man was seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision. As his vehicle was being pursued at the time by Durham Regional Police Service officers, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. Four police officers, each of whom had played a part in trying to stop the driver, were identified as subject officials. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the subject officials committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the man’s injuries.

23 May, 2021

SIU Investigating after Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police-involved fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man last night in Toronto.

21 May, 2021

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to London Police Pursuit that Preceded Motor Vehicle Collision

On October 8, 2020, a 31-year-old man and a 23-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle collision in London. As their vehicle had been pursued by a London Police Service officer in the moments before the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the pursing officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the pursuit and collision.

21 May, 2021

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Connection with Arrest of Woman in Ottawa

On January 22, 2021, a 57-year-old woman broke her left knee in the course of her arrest by two Ottawa Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

21 May, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Oshawa Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 25-year-old man in Oshawa in October of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

21 May, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges Against Officer in Connection with Arrest of Man in Ottawa Apartment

On January 21, 2021, Ottawa Police Service officers attended an apartment to arrest a 56-year-old man in relation to a domestic disturbance involving his former girlfriend. Officers were let into the residence, and they permitted the man to go into a bedroom to get changed and to call his lawyer. When the man did not come out after a period of time, an officer attempted to open the door but the man closed it shut. The officer then rammed the door open with his body weight and the man was apprehended shortly after. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with fractured left-sided ribs. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

20 May, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Connection with Multi-Vehicle Collision in Brampton

On April 28, 2020, a Honda CRV was being pursued by Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers eastbound on North Park Drive in Brampton when it struck an Acura MDX traveling southbound on Torbram Road. The impact sent the Acura into the northbound lanes of Torbram Road, where it collided head-on with a Kia Forte, which in turn struck a Volkswagen Jetta. As a result of the collision, the 53-year-old male driver of the Kia suffered a fractured right knee. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer of the lead PRP vehicle in pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the pursuit and the man’s injury.

19 May, 2021

Man Died as a Result of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound; SIU Determines No Basis to Proceed with Charges in London Case

On February 22, 2021, a 24-year-old man sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound while in Greenway Park in London. He was taken to hospital but passed away the following day. As London Police Service officers were on scene and had interacted with the man for a time before the shooting, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The officer with overall command of the police operation at the park was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

18 May, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Arrest at King City Restaurant

On October 8, 2020, the manager of a restaurant in King City called 911 to report that a man was causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, York Regional Police officers encountered the 42-year-old man, and they directed him to leave the premises. When he would not leave, he was informed that he was under arrest for trespassing. A struggle ensued, and the man was eventually arrested. Several days after the arrest, the man went to health clinic and was later informed he had sustained a fractured sternum. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

18 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Toronto

On January 17, 2021, a 40-year-old man suffered a serious injury in and around the time of his arrest by members of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

18 May, 2021

SIU Investigating Falling Death of Woman in North York

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 60-year-old woman today in North York.

14 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Guelph Arrest

On January 12, 2021, a 64-year-old man suffered serious injuries in the course of his arrest by Guelph Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the Complainant’s arrest and injuries.

14 May, 2021

No Grounds to Lay Charges Against Police Officer in Relation to Toronto Shooting

On January 14, 2021, a 31-year-old man was shot and seriously injured by a Toronto Police Service officer in the course of his arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

14 May, 2021

SIU Discontinues Hamilton Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the apprehension of a woman in March by Hamilton Police Service officers.

13 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Brantford Collision

On August 29, 2020, a 21-year-old man died in a car crash on Ava Road in Brantford. As his vehicle had been followed for a period prior to the crash by two police cruisers, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Brantford Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

12 May, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Connection with Toronto Arrest

On January 11, 2021, a 47-year-old trans woman was seriously injured while being arrested by Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest.

12 May, 2021

SIU Investigating Collision in St. Thomas Between Bicycle and Cruiser

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained yesterday by a 37-year-old man yesterday in St. Thomas.

11 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Downtown Toronto Arrest of Man

On the evening of April 12, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of King and Bathurst Streets in Toronto after 911 calls from citizens reported a robbery in progress. A man had attacked and was attempting to steal a bike from a person while brandishing a knife. Officers located the 28-year-old man and attempted to communicate with him. The man continued to walk as officers followed. On repeated occasions, conducted energy weapons were discharged at the man with the intention of incapacitating him sufficiently to allow for officers to move in safely and disarm him, but this was to no avail. Police vehicles were also used in an attempt to stop the man. When the man reached Front Street, an officer drove up behind the man and used the driver’s side front corner of the cruiser to strike him. The man fell and was arrested. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and subsequent admission to hospital.

11 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest at OPP Rockland-Clarence Detachment

In the early morning hours of November 1, 2020, a 26-year-old man was at the OPP detachment in Rockland, having been arrested for drunk driving. After the release papers were signed, and while in the parking lot, the man became belligerent, and when he threatened to kill the officers, he was told he was under arrest. An officer forced the man to the ground face first, and a physical altercation ensued in the course of which the man was punched multiple time to the face by the officers. He was ultimately handcuffed and transported to hospital where his fractured nose was diagnosed. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

10 May, 2021

No Officer Contributed to Man’s Death in Windsor; SIU Discontinues Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 26-year-old man last month in Windsor.

10 May, 2021

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injuries sustained by a 27-year-old man last month in Toronto.

10 May, 2021

SIU Closes File into Oro-Medonte Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred last month in Oro-Medonte.

7 May, 2021

No Basis to Charge Police Officer in Relation to Collision that Proceeded Pursuit in Hamilton

On October 12, 2020, a 30-year-old man was arrested in Hamilton following a brief motor vehicle pursuit and subsequently taken to hospital where he was reportedly diagnosed with a fractured right finger. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the pursuing Hamilton Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the pursuit and the man’s injury.

7 May, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to ARWEN Discharge at Man in Sault Ste. Marie

On January 8, 2021, following a standoff at his home in Saul Ste. Marie with Ontario Provincial Police officers, a 60-year-old man was taken into custody. Though the man did not suffer any serious injuries in the course of the arrest, he was struck by several ARWEN rounds. Accordingly, the SIU opened a file on the basis of its relatively new mandate under the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019 to investigate firearm discharges at persons. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

7 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Toronto

On January 1, 2021, a 57-year-old woman was seriously injured in and around the time of her arrest by two Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

7 May, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges Against OPP Officer in Relation to Tillsonburg Arrest

On January 9, 2021, a 24-year-old man suffered a serious injury around the time of his arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Tillsonburg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

7 May, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Connection with Man’s Serious Injury Sustained in Course of London Arrest

On January 7, 2021, a 34-year-old man suffered a serious injury in the course of his arrest by London Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

6 May, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharge in North Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) yesterday by a police officer in North Bay.

6 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man at Toronto Home

On February 10, 2021, a 29-year-old man, while in the custody of the Toronto Police Service, suffered fractures of his lower right leg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

6 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in West Grey

A 68-year-old man was arrested on June 6, 2020 by West Grey Police Service officers and subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

6 May, 2021

No Criminal Charges Warranted Against Durham Officers who Deployed Stop Stick and Pursued Vehicle Being Driven by Teenager

On October 8, 2020, a 15-year-old male broke his nose in a motor vehicle collision. Because he was being pursued at the time by a Durham Regional Police Service officer, the SIU was notified by the police service and initiated an investigation. The driver of the cruiser who had pursued the teenager and the officer who had laid out a stop stick in and around the area of the collision were identified as subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the youth’s injury.

6 May, 2021

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Ottawa Arrest

On the night of October 17, 2020, an individual contacted 911 to report a suspected impaired driver in the area of Prince of Wales Drive and Barnsdale Road in Ottawa. When officers arrived at the scene and located the vehicle of interest, the 46-year-old driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers caught up with the man. After a struggle, he was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and fractured ribs the man reportedly suffered.

6 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to ARWEN Discharges by Police Officers in Brampton

From the evening of December 12, 2020 into the morning of December 13, 2020, a 42-year-old man was involved in a lengthy standoff with Peel Regional Police officers in Brampton. In the course of the police operation that eventually culminated in the man’s arrest, two officers deployed their Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN). The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with their ARWEN discharges.

6 May, 2021

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Etobicoke Collision Between Civilian Vehicle and Police Vehicle

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred in March in Etobicoke. The SIU was made aware of the incident on April 27, 2021.

5 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Brampton Collision

On January 5, 2021, a 21-year-old man suffered a serious injury in a motor vehicle collision in Brampton. Because he had briefly been pursued by a Peel Regional Police officer moments prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and initiated an investigation. The officer in pursuit was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

5 May, 2021

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Pikangikum Allegations

On March 19, 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police notified the SIU of two complaints in which it was alleged that women were sexually assaulted by members of the Ontario Provincial Police on Pikangikum First Nation. The SIU invoked its mandate.

5 May, 2021

No Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Execution of Search Warrant by ETF Officers at Toronto Apartment Building

On October 22, 2020, a 19-year-old man reportedly suffered a serious injury in the course of his arrest by members of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

5 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Collision Between Bicycle and Police Vehicle in Presqu’ile Provincial Park

In the morning of June 27, 2020, a 56-year-old man was riding a bicycle in Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton when he became involved in a collision with an unmarked Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) vehicle. The impact sent the man and his bicycle tumbling to the ground, resulting in him sustaining a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer operating the OPP vehicle committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the man’s injury.

4 May, 2021

SIU Director Closes File into Toronto Arrest of Man

On November 11, 2020, a 36-year-old man suffered a fractured nose in the course of his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

3 May, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Moosonee

In the morning of September 2, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police attended a residence in Moosonee to arrest a 58-year-old man. While officers were at the door, the man locked himself in a bathroom armed with a box cutter-type knife.  The officers entered the home and began to speak with the man through the bathroom door, encouraging him to disarm himself and exit. There ensued a standoff over the next several hours, until officers were able to obtain a warrant allowing them to force the bathroom door open. As the officers entered, the man took the knife he was holding and cut himself several times. An officer discharged his conducted energy weapon at the man, and he was arrested. The man was transported to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

3 May, 2021

SIU Discontinues Napanee Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 45-year-old man that occurred in September of 2020 in Napanee. The man notified the SIU of the interaction on March 4, 2021.

April

30 April, 2021

SIU Lays Charges Against Former Police Constable in Relation to Peterborough Sexual Assault Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused charges to be laid against a former constable with the previous Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service in relation to incidents that reportedly occurred in 2006.

30 April, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Connection with Woman’s Arrest in Hamilton

On September 12, 2020, a 70-year-old woman was arrested by Hamilton Police Service officers. As she had experienced pain in her left shoulder at the time and in the days after her arrest, the woman underwent an ultrasound examination on October 19, 2020. She was diagnosed with a partial tendon tear in the left shoulder. This information was reported to the police service, who then reported the matter to the SIU on November 10, 2020. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

30 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Barrie

In the afternoon of January 1st, 2021, Barrie Police Service officers were dispatched to a residence to investigate a domestic incident that had been reported. Officers entered the home and located a 45-year-old man lying on a bed. On his hip was a leather sheath containing a knife with a long blade. When the man did not respond to the officers, the officers left the residence until further assistance arrived. Four officers then entered the home and an interaction ensued with the man, including the discharge of conducted energy weapons by three of the officers. The man dropped the knife and was apprehended after a period of struggle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and his injuries, namely a fractured nose and orbital bone.

29 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arva Arrest

On November 3, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a home in Arva following a 911 call from the homeowner reporting suspicious activity on his property. Officers located a person of interest – a 31-year-old man – who then proceeded to run away. Officers gave chase on foot and arrested the man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

29 April, 2021

SIU Discontinues St. Thomas Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in St. Thomas.

28 April, 2021

No Basis for Proceeding with Criminal Charges in Relation to Toronto Arrest

On October 24, 2020, a 32-year-old man was seriously injured in the course of being arrested by Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

28 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Collison in Toronto that Followed Brief Police Pursuit

On January 1, 2021, a Toronto Police Service officer briefly pursued a Mercedes Benz that had been traveling at a high rate of speed. Shortly after the officer terminated the pursuit, the Mercedes Benz became involved in a collision with other vehicles in the intersection of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West. The 23-year-old male driver of the Mercedes-Benz was taken to hospital, as was the 67-year-old female driver of another vehicle involved in the collision. The woman passed away on January 30, 2021 while still in hospital, the result of a traumatic brain injury incurred in the collision. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

27 April, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Toronto Officer Committed Criminal Offence in Connection with Man’s Injuries

In the afternoon of October 12, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers attended an address where a 31-year-old man who was wanted on several arrest warrants was believed to be. Officers went to the third-floor and exited through a door onto a rooftop patio. Within seconds of police seeing the man hiding behind a patio railing, the man jumped from the roof to the ground below, fracturing his back in several places. Notwithstanding his injuries, the man took flight from the police on foot.  He was arrested a short time later. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

27 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Thunder Bay

On November 4, 2020, while in the care of the Thunder Bay Police Service, a 55-year-old man became acutely ill. He was transported to hospital by ambulance and passed away the following day. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

27 April, 2021

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer at Vehicle in Oshawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to a shooting that occurred earlier this month in Oshawa. While three civilian witnesses were located and interviewed, video evidence obtained has led investigators to believe that there were other individuals in the parking lot who witnessed the shooting. The SIU is urging these individuals – and anyone else who may have information or video evidence – to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

26 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man at Guelph Strip Mall

On January 1, 2021, a 44-year-old man’s nose was broken in the course of his arrest by two Guelph Police Service officers.  The arresting officer identified as likeliest to have inflicted the injury was designated a subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

26 April, 2021

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Ottawa

On January 2, 2021, a 25-year-old man died in Ottawa. As Ottawa Police Service officers had interacted with the man moments before his death, the SIU was notified by the police service and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s passing.

26 April, 2021

SIU Discontinues Toronto Investigation Due to No Serious Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation the arrest of a 32-year-old man earlier this month in Toronto.

23 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting of Man by Officers in St. Catharines

On December 25, 2020, a 30-year-old man was shot by two Niagara Regional Police Service officers in the course of his arrest in St. Catharines. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

23 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Women’s Arrest in Toronto

On September 30, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers responded to an apartment building to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. When a 28-year-old woman attempted to leave without officers having had a chance to speak with her, an officer arrested her. 

23 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man Following Kingston Standoff

Following a lengthy standoff with the Kingston Police Emergency Response Unit, a 33-year-old man was arrested on September 23, 2020. The man was taken from the scene to hospital in ambulance. He was diagnosed with four fractured right-sided ribs, a fracture to the left foot, a partial right-sided pneumothorax, and numerous bruises. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the involved officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

23 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Trenton Arrest

On January 9, 2021, a 58-year-old man was arrested in Trenton by Ontario Provincial Police officers and subsequently diagnosed at hospital with serious injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

22 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Ottawa

On October 8, 2020, a 25-year-old man was arrested by Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers outside an apartment building, taken to hospital and reportedly diagnosed with a serious injury. In and around the same time, OPS officers were seeking to enter an apartment at the same address to apprehend a woman under the Mental Health Act.  As there was some suggestion that the two incidents were related – the man was found limping on the ground below the woman’s apartment – the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

22 April, 2021

Thunder Bay Arrest of Man who Assaulted Officer Deemed to be Lawful; No Criminal Charges Warranted

On the night of October 28, 2020, two Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to a tavern to investigate a disturbance. The officers walked in on a brawl, ordered the combatants to stand down and then physically intervened to pull them apart. Both officers were then confronted and attacked by an unruly crowd of patrons. Following the assault, a 27-year-old man was arrested and subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with lacerations of his left leg and right buttock. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the officers did not cause the man’s injuries, and that their conduct was lawful throughout their interaction with him.

22 April, 2021

Man Fractured Heel while Attempting to Flee Police; No Criminal Charges to Issue Against Officer in Trenton Case

On the night of November 28, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a residence in Trenton after a report was received of a domestic dispute. At the sound of police sirens, a 22-year-old man attempted to escape the residence via the back doorway, but in the process he was seriously injured. Officers located the man hiding behind garbage in the backyard of the residence and he was arrested without incident. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and fractured right heel.

22 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Chatham

In the evening of August 6, 2019, Chatham-Kent Police Service officers were dispatched to a residence in Chatham to assist paramedics transport a 35-year-old man to hospital. Once at the hospital, the officers assisted in keeping the man on the stretcher as a nurse attempted to place soft-restraints on his ankles. Within several of minutes of being in the trauma room, man lost vital signs. The medical attempted CPR and other life-saving measures. The man could not be resuscitated and was declared deceased. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

21 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Flesherton Arrest of Man Following Collision

On October 5, 2020, a 30-year-old man was an occupant of a vehicle that had been involved in a collision. Realizing that police would soon be at the scene, and aware of outstanding warrants for his arrest, the man fled into a wooded area. Officers soon located the man and arrested him. He was later diagnosed with a fractured left foot. While it remains unclear whether the injury was aggravated by police in the course of his arrest, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, is unable to reasonably conclude that any of the arresting officers acted other than lawfully in their dealings with the man.

21 April, 2021

SIU Determines No Criminal Offence was Committed in Connection with Man’s Broken Nose in Ottawa

On August 7, 2020, a 42-year-old man suffered a fractured nose in an encounter with an Ottawa Police Service officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

21 April, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Toronto Officers Committed Criminal Offence in Relation to Man’s Injuries

On December 31, 2020, a 49-year-old man was seriously injured while fleeing from police apprehension in Toronto. The two officers who were pursuing the man at the time of his injuries were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 April, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharge in Niagara Falls

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of an ARWEN last week by a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer.

20 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Brantford

On October 20, 2020, a 30-year-old woman was diagnosed with a fractured right wrist following her arrest by Brantford Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

20 April, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges Against Officers in Relation to Man’s Death in York; Police Engagement was Lawful and Limited

On the morning of November 13, 2020, multiple 911 calls were made by residents of an apartment building in York expressing concern about the behavior of a 29-year-old man staying with a friend. Officers located the man in a hallway and shortly after noticed he was in medical distress. Firefighters who were also present initiated CPR until paramedics arrived and took over care of the man. He was transported to hospital and subsequently declared deceased. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

20 April, 2021

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Kenora Interaction Between Police and Youth

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of an ARWEN yesterday by a police officer in Kenora.

19 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Brampton Collision that Followed Police Pursuit

On December 16, 2020, a 33-year-old man reportedly suffered serious head trauma and internal bleeding when the vehicle he was operating smashed into a concrete sound barrier wall on a road in Brampton. As he was being pursued by Peel Regional Police officers at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the lead officer in the pursuit at the time of the collision committed a criminal offence in connection with the crash and the man’s injuries.

19 April, 2021

No Wrongdoing Found on Part of Belleville Officer in Connection to Woman Falling into Acute Medical Distress While Lodged in Cell

In the early morning hours of December 16, 2020, a 54-year-old woman was in a Belleville Police Service cell when she fell into acute medical distress and was transported to hospital. The officer with overall responsibility for the care of prisoners at that time was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s medical condition.

19 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Windsor

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man last week in Windsor.

18 April, 2021

SIU Continues Investigation into ARWEN Discharge in Guelph

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate after a Guelph Police Service (GPS) officer discharged his Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) at an individual last week.

18 April, 2021

SIU Continues Investigation into Toronto Police-Involved Shooting

Investigators with the province’s Special Investigations Unit continue to probe the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting that occurred earlier in the week in Toronto.

18 April, 2021

SIU Continues Investigation into ARWEN Discharge in Malton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discharge of an ARWEN that occurred on Thursday in Malton.

17 April, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharge in Whitby

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the discharge of an ARWEN tonight by a police officer in Whitby.

16 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer in Oshawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a firearm that occurred in Oshawa.

14 April, 2021

Hamilton Police Service Officer Charged with Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against a Hamilton Police Service officer in relation to an incident that occurred in November of 2020.

14 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in St. Catharines

December 4, 2020, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) received an assist ambulance call.  The caller reported they thought they could see someone hanging from a tree.  Police officers responded and located the 32-year-old male hanging from a cable attached to a tree on the south side of Gales Crescent near Frank Street. 

13 April, 2021

Toronto Police Service Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused charges to be laid against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in Toronto last month.

13 April, 2021

No Basis for Proceeding with Charges in Sexual Assault Allegation Case Involving Officer from Barrie Police Service

On January 4, 2021, at 1:10 p.m., the Barrie Police Service (BPS) contacted the SIU and reported a sexual assault allegation made by 22-year-old male. BPS advised that on September 12, 2020, at about 5:05 a.m., the male was arrested in relation to an assault on his girlfriend at his residence in Barrie.

12 April, 2021

Man’s Injury Was Self-Inflicted; SIU Discontinues Ajax Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Ajax.

12 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to the Discharge of Police ARWENs that occurred in Oakville

On December 7, 2020, at 12:45 p.m., police officers responded to a call for a barricaded 35-year old male inside a residence, located at an address in Oakville.
Upon arrival, the police officers made efforts to negotiate with the man. The man exited the residence and the police officers continued with their communication.

12 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Death of Man in Newmarket

On August 30, 2020, at 7:47 p.m., the York Regional Police (YRP) notified the SIU of the death of a 43-year-old man.

11 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Man During Altercation with Police at Toronto Hospital

On December 11, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to an address in Toronto for a man who called 911 to report that he was despondent and suicidal. Concerned for his safety, the officers apprehended the 35-year-old man under the Mental Health Act so that he could be detained and taken to hospital for psychiatric assessment. When the man attempted to leave the hospital, the officers took hold of him and an altercation ensued. He was eventually subdued, restrained and administered a sedative by a nurse. The man was later diagnosed with a fracture to his right leg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

11 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue Against Officer in Toronto Who Discharged Bean Bag Gun at Man

On December 11, 2020, an employee of the Willowdale Welcome Centre contacted police out of concern for a 33-year-old man who was in mental distress, and concern for the safety of other residents and staff.  Officers attempted to establish a line of communication with the man and encouraged him to put away a knife he was in possession of. However, the man refused all the officers’ overtures and yelled that he wanted to die and wanted police to shoot him. A short time later, an officer fired his bean bag gun at the man two times. The man was eventually arrested. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

10 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Discharge of Sock Gun by Police Officer in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer firing a sock gun this morning at a 42-year-old man in Scarborough.

9 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Apprehension in Peterborough

On October 5, 2020, Peterborough Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of the Go Bus terminal on Simcoe Street. The police had received a call about a woman lying on a ramp to an underground parking. Upon their arrival, the officers located the 24-year-old woman and it soon became apparent that she was of unsound mind. When their repeated efforts to have the 24-year-old woman vacate the area went unheeded, the officers decided to apprehend her under the Mental Health Act. The woman resisted, but eventually the woman was apprehended. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the woman to hospital, where she was diagnosed with a broken right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

9 April, 2021

Force Used by Officer was Proportionate to the Situation; No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Mississauga

On November 6, 2020, a 57-year-old man sustained serious injuries in the course of his arrest by Peel Regional Police officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved in the arrest committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

8 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest Inside Toronto Apartment

On October 1, 2020, a 38-year-old man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers, taken to hospital and diagnosed with serious head injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

8 April, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Teenager’s Arrest in Thunder Bay

On the night of January 23, 2021, two Thunder Bay Police Service officers arrived at an address Academy Drive following 911 calls from tenants of the building that someone was kicking at the front entrance door attempting to get in. The officers confronted a 16-year-old male by the entrance and noticed that the front door glass was broken. Soon after the youth admitted to causing the damage, he fled and an officer gave chase. When the officer grabbed onto the youth, both slipped and fell. The youth was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the youth’s arrest and injury.

7 April, 2021

SIU Determines No Officer Committed a Criminal Offence in Connection with Woman’s Arrest and the Death of Her Newborn Baby Days Later

On June 25, 2019, a woman was arrested by Greater Sudbury Police Service officers and grounded in the process. Four days later, on June 29th, the woman gave birth to her baby. Because of the newborn’s premature birth, the baby passed away about an hour after he was born. The SIU commenced an investigation based on a possible nexus between the force used against the mother during her arrest and the death of her child. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and the baby’s death.

7 April, 2021

No Basis for Proceeding with Charges in Sexual Assault Allegation Case Involving Officers with Waterloo Regional Police Service

On December 8, 2020, the Waterloo Regional Police Service contacted the SIU to report that a woman whom they had taken into custody on November 29, 2020 – the Complainant – had come forward with information alleging that she was sexually assaulted at the police station following her arrest. The SIU commenced an investigation and identified two officers as subject officials for purposes of the investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the allegation.

7 April, 2021

SIU Investigating after Man’s Body Recovered from River in Wallaceburg

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man in Wallaceburg.

7 April, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharges in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of police ARWENs that occurred in Brantford.

6 April, 2021

SIU Finds No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Shooting Death of Ejaz Choudry

On June 20, 2020, Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers attended an apartment building in Malton to assist paramedics with 62-year-old Ejaz Choudry, who was in mental distress. Mr. Choudry armed himself with a large kitchen knife and locked himself inside his apartment. Officers attempted to negotiate with Mr. Choudry, but Mr. Choudry eventually stopped responding. Concerned that Mr. Choudry required immediate medical assistance, three members of the PRP’s Tactical Response Unit forcibly breached Mr. Choudry’s apartment through the door of his second-floor balcony. Thereafter, the uncontradicted evidence establishes that Mr. Choudry moved towards the officers while holding a large kitchen knife. After attempts to stop Mr. Choudry with a CEW and a firearm that fired rubber bullets were unsuccessful, an officer fatally shot Mr. Choudry. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges in this case notwithstanding Mr. Choudry’s tragic death.  

6 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Teenager in Timmins

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 16-year-old youth yesterday in Timmins.

6 April, 2021

SIU Investigating ARWEN Discharges in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of police ARWENs that occurred in Brantford.

6 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Shooting in Township of Cramahe

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 43-year-old man this morning in the Township of Cramahe.

5 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Trenton Collision Following Man’s Flight from Spot Check Moments Earlier

On December 4, 2020, a 35-year-old man rolled his SUV, suffering serious injuries in the process. As his vehicle had turned away from an Ontario Provincial Police RIDE spot check moments earlier, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved with the spot check committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries. 

5 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 56-year-old man this morning in Toronto.

4 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting that occurred early this morning in Ottawa, resulting in serious injuries to a 28-year-old man.

3 April, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Adjala–Tosorontio Township

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred early this morning in Adjala–Tosorontio Township, resulting in the death of a 49-year-old man.

3 April, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Sault Ste. Marie Arrest

On December 3, 2020, a 38-year-old man was arrested by Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officers and subsequently diagnosed with serious injuries at hospital.  Because there was some prospect that the Complainant’s injuries were incurred in the course of his arrest, the SIU was notified of the incident and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

3 April, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges Against Toronto Officer who Shot Man Armed with Hatchet

In the afternoon of December 3, 2020, multiple 911 calls began to be received by the Toronto Police Service reporting a man’s strange and threatening behavior. Officers were dispatched the area of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Twenty Fourth Street. An officer observed a man walking toward him with a hatchet. The officer yelled at the man to drop the hatchet, and the man did so. However, the man retrieved the hatchet and advanced toward the officer. When the man refused to drop the hatchet, the officer fired his rifle at the man. The 30-year-old man was struck and transported to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

3 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Kitchener

On December 3, 2020, a 46-year-old man was arrested by Waterloo Regional Police Service officers and subsequently diagnosed with a facial injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

1 April, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Brief Police Pursuit Prior to Man’s Fall from Motorcycle in Clarence-Rockland

On October 3, 2020, a 28-year-old man suffered a fractured left clavicle when he fell from his motorcycle in Clarence-Rockland. As he was being pursued at the time by an Ontario Provincial Police officer, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

1 April, 2021

No Basis to Charge OPP Officer in Relation to Man’s Fall from Bridge in Kitchener

In the evening of October 13, 2020, a 30-year-old man fell from the Highway 8 bridge over the Grand River in Kitchener, injuring himself in the process. As he had been interacting with an Ontario Provincial Police officer at the time, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s fall.

March

31 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Sarnia Police Pursuit

On October 1, 2020, a 56-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were injured in a motor vehicle collision in Sarnia. As their vehicle was being pursued by two Sarnia Police Service cruisers at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was operating the lead cruiser in the pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

31 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Belleville Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the hospitalization of a 34-year-old man last month in Belleville.

31 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Motorcycle Collision in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred this morning in Brantford, resulting in serious injuries to a 36-year-old man.

30 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Police Pursuit that Preceded Strathroy-Caradoc Collision

On October 14, 2020, a 59-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle collision. Because the vehicle that smashed into her car had been pursued by a Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service cruiser moments before the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer driving the cruiser committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the woman’s injuries.

30 March, 2021

SIU Finds Windsor Officer did not Commit a Criminal Offence in Relation to Man’s Arrest and Injury

On December 2, 2020, a 39-year-old man was involved in an aborted police pursuit and two motor vehicle collisions in Windsor. The man was arrested and subsequently placed in a prisoner transport vehicle to be taken to the detention unit. While en route, the man lost consciousness and fell from the bench. The officer stopped, checked on the man, and the decision was made to take the man to hospital. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with a compression fraction of the spine.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

30 March, 2021

Man Received Adequate Care while Lodged in Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Cell; No Charges to Issue in Relation to Hospitalization Following Drug Overdose

On December 14, 2020, a 32-year-old man fell into medical distress while in a Sault Ste. Marie Police Service cell. He was taken to hospital and spent time in the ICU, reportedly the result of a drug overdose. The officer with overall responsibility for the care and well-being of prisoners at the time was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s time in custody.

29 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Mississauga

28 March, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officers Discharge Firearm at Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after two Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers discharged their firearms at a man early this morning in Brampton.

26 March, 2021

Man’s Injury Self-inflicted While Inside Police Cell; SIU Discontinues Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 59-year-old man in Windsor in August of 2020. The injury came to the attention of the police on October 16, 2020, who, in turn, notified the SIU. An investigation was commenced.

26 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Connection with North Bay Arrest of Man

On October 7, 2020, a 56-year-old man suffered a fractured right ankle in the course of his arrest by a North Bay Police Service officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

26 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Elgin County

On September 1, 2020, a 55-year-old man was found hanging in the garage of his home in Elgin County. As Ontario Provincial Police officers had attended at his residence in the days prior to his death and were the ones to locate him in the garage, the SIU was notified of the matter and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

26 March, 2021

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Manitoulin Island Shootout that Claimed the Lives of a Civilian and an OPP Officer

On November 19, 2020, 60-year-old Gary Brohman died in an exchange of gunfire with Constable Marc Hovingh of the Ontario Provincial Police. The shootout cost the officer his life as well. Notwithstanding the fact that Cst Hovingh had succumbed to his wounds, the SIU commenced an investigation as the incident included a death at the hands of a police officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that Cst Hovingh committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Brohman’s death.

26 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old man yesterday in Toronto.

25 March, 2021

Woman Injured as a Result of Falling from Bike While Fleeing from Police; No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Cambridge Case

On October 11, 2020, a 22-year-old woman fractured her right wrist while on the run from police. Her injury occurred as she fell from her bike in the area of a footbridge that spanned the Grand River in Cambridge. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury.

24 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Barrie Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Barrie involving a 24-year-old man.

24 March, 2021

Man Fractured Foot After Falling from Cell Bench; SIU Terminates Peel Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 38-year-old man last month while he was at Peel Regional Police’s 22 Division.

24 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Shooting of Man in Hamilton

On July 7, 2020, a 42-year-old man was shot by two Hamilton Police Service officers, later succumbing to his wounds in hospital.  The officers who discharged their firearms at the man were identified as subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

23 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Teenager’s Fall from Overpass in Hamilton

On December 29, 2020, a 17-year-old female suffered serious injuries when she fell from the Ferguson Avenue North overpass in Hamilton. Because police officers were present on the bridge and had interacted with her in the moments prior to her fall, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the teenager’s fall and injuries.

22 March, 2021

SIU Investigating After Officers Discharge ARWEN and CEW at Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained early this morning by a 53-year-old man in Brampton.

20 March, 2021

SIU Investigating After Woman Fatally Falls from Bridge in Sudbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 53-year-old woman yesterday evening in Sudbury.

20 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Orangeville

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man this morning in Orangeville.

19 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Hamilton

On December 7, 2019, a 56-year-old woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act by Hamilton Police Service officers and taken to hospital. In August of 2020, the woman filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director asserting that the police officers had broken her left wrist in the course of her arrest. This matter came to the SIU’s attention on September 28, 2020, and an investigation was commenced. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

18 March, 2021

Man Fractured Heels After Jumping From Window; SIU Discontinues Blackstock Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained earlier this month in Blackstock by a 31-year-old man.

17 March, 2021

SIU Releases January to March 2020 Annual Report

The Special Investigations Unit has released its January to March 2020 Report.

17 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Tamworth

On August 3, 2020, a 52-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Tamworth and he suffered serious injuries in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

17 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue Against Toronto Officer who Repeatedly Punched Man who had Taken Hold of Officer’s Handgun

On August 29, 2020, a 33-year-old man suffered a broken nose and fractured right orbital bone in the course of an altercation that marked his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest.

16 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man Outside South Muskoka Memorial Hospital

On August 1, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital after an employee reported that an inebriated man who had just left the emergency department had damaged property in the parking lot. Officers located a 30-year-old person of interest and he was taken into police custody. He was subsequently diagnosed with fractures of the right orbit and nasal bone. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

16 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Connection with Man’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

In the afternoon of August 21, 2020, a 66-year-old man fell to his death from his 9th floor balcony in Toronto.  Because Toronto Police Service officers were present on the balcony at the time of the incident, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

15 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found on Part of Police in Relation to Milton Multi-Vehicle Collision

On September 13, 2020, a 21-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were seriously injured in Milton when their vehicles collided.  Moments prior to the collision, a Halton Regional Police Service officer had briefly pursued the vehicle being driven by the 21-year-old man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

15 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Fort Erie

On January 13, 2021, paramedics were dispatched to a residence in Fort Erie as a 61-year-old man who resided in the home was experiencing pain and lightheadedness. The man was placed in the ambulance, but due to his extreme agitation, the ambulance pulled over to request the assistance of police. Upon arrival, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer decided to apprehend the man under the Mental Health Act. He and the another officer affixed handcuffs to both of the man’s arms, securing them to the stretcher. En route to the hospital, the man’s condition deteriorated. Once they reached the hospital, the man was quickly placed in the care of the hospital’s emergency department. He passed away in hospital later that day. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

11 March, 2021

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Penetanguishene

On November 11, 2020, a 76-year-old man was diagnosed with a fractured rib and vertebra following his arrest by two Ontario Provincial Police officers in Penetanguishene. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

10 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision Between Cruiser and Civilian Vehicle

In the morning of April 13, 2020, police officers with the Toronto Police Service were dispatched to the area of the Downsview Park subway station for a report of a person with a knife. Proceeding west on Sheppard Avenue West, one of the responding cruisers came to a stop at the red light at the Allen Road intersection and briefly waited before making his way into the intersection on the red light. In the intersection, the cruiser became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle being operated by a 63-year-old man. Both drivers were transported to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

10 March, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Death of Man in Vaughan Home

On June 8, 2020, a 35-year-old man passed away in his home following his arrest by several York Regional Police officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

9 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting of Man in Lot of Brampton Gas Station

On June 30, 2020, a 24-year-old man was shot and seriously injured by a Peel Regional Police officer in the course of his arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

9 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Woodstock Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 21-year-old man last month in Woodstock.

8 March, 2021

SIU Investigating Whitby Collision Involving Stolen Police Cruiser

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred yesterday in Whitby, resulting in serious injuries to three people.

8 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to North York Collision that Resulted in Injuries to Vehicle Occupant and to Pedestrian

On August 20, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers were conducting speed enforcement when a Porsche Cayenne was measured traveling at a high rate of speed. An officer signaled the driver to pull over, but instead the driver accelerated past the officer. A pursuit was commenced. In the intersection of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue, the Porsche collided with a cube truck, resulting in the cube truck hitting another vehicle. A 21-year-old man from this vehicle was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious injury. After hitting the cube truck, the Porsche climbed a sidewalk and struck a bench in the area of a bus stop shelter. A 23-year-old woman waiting for the bus was struck. She suffered serious injuries as a result. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

5 March, 2021

SIU Discontinues Huntsville Investigation after Determining Man Did Not Sustain Serious Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Huntsville.

5 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from Highway 401 Overpass in Brockville

On July 25, 2020, Brockville Police Service officers started looking for 56-year-old Alberto Ayala-Guerrero, a man wanted in the United States in relation to the murder of a woman, and now believed to be in the area. Soon after officers located him on the Highway 401 overpass at North Augusta Road, Mr. Ayala-Guerrero scaled the railing. Despite an officer yelling at him not to jump and attempting to grab hold of him, Mr. Ayala-Guerrero jumped onto the highway below. He was transported to hospital where he passed away. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Ayala-Guerrero’s death.

5 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Brampton

Around noon on October 13, 2020, 911 calls began to be received by the Peel Regional Police about a man operating a vehicle erratically in Brampton, and that he appeared to be in medical distress. When the vehicle came to a stop, motorists, including an off-duty Toronto Police Service officer, attempted to remove the 31-year-old male driver but he resisted. A Peel Regional Police officer then arrived at the scene and assisted in pulling the man from the vehicle through the passenger door. The man continued to resist, but officers were eventually able to control the man until paramedics arrived. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the fractured rib with which the man was diagnosed.

4 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Burn-Related Injuries Sustained by Man in Kincardine

On June 16, 2020, a call came into the Ontario Provincial Police regarding a 36-year-old man who was threatening suicide. The man was located in a remoted wooded area on a maintenance road in Kincardine. The first officer to arrive attempted to engage the man in conversation. About 30 minutes later, the man entered his van, closed the door and proceeded to ignite the gasoline in the vehicle. Firefighters, who had been stationed nearby, were able to extinguish the flames with the help of officers. The man was removed from the van and taken to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

4 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Haldimand County Collision Between Cruiser and Pickup Truck

On November 17, 2020, a pickup truck collided with a police cruiser in Haldimand County, resulting in serious injuries to both the police officer and the 30-year-old driver of the truck. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

4 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting of Teenager Inside Mississauga Bank

On November 26, 2019, a 16-year-old male was shot by a police officer in the course of his arrest inside a Mississauga bank, and suffered significant internal injuries in the process. The officer who discharged his firearm had made his way to the bank following reports of an armed robbery occurring inside. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

3 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fall from Bridge in Brantford

On July 18, 2020, a 42-year-old man was seriously injured when he fell from the Market Street Bridge in Brantford. As he was being chased by a Brantford Police Service officer at the time, who had actually managed to grab hold of the man just before he fell, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

3 March, 2021

SIU Lays Charge Against London Police Officer in Relation to Death of Woman

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of 28-year-old Amanda Bolt in November of 2019 in London. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

2 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Milton Collision Between Police Vehicle and Bike

On June 30, 2020, a 44-year-old woman riding her bicycle became involved in a collision with a Halton Regional Police Service vehicle in the intersection of Main Street East and Thompson Road in Milton. The woman was sent tumbling onto the ground off her bike. The officer rendered first aid to the woman until EMS arrived and transported her to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

1 March, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Woman During Arrest in Rockwood

On September 19, 2020, a 28-year-old woman suffered a serious fracture of her right arm in the course of her arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers at a residence in Rockwood. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

1 March, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Drowning Death of Man in Clarence-Rockland

In the afternoon of August 25, 2020, the body of a 71-year-old man was recovered from the Ottawa River in the area of Moulin Park, Clarence-Rockland.  As he had entered the water from a dock in the park on August 22, 2020 just after he was approached by an Ontario Provincial Police officer, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

1 March, 2021

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Barrie

On December 6, 2020, Barrie Police Service officers attended a hotel after a woman reported she had been assaulted by a man in a room. Officers arrested a 35-year-old man and transported him to the police station. As the man was being booked, he went into acute medical distress and officers administered first aid. Paramedics arrived, took over care of the man and transported him to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s medical condition.

February

28 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Roseneath

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred last night in Roseneath, resulting in the death of a 62-year-old man.

26 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Peterborough County Arrest

On May 26, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle in Peterborough County for the purpose of arresting one of the vehicle occupants – a 39-year-old man – in relation to a theft investigation. In the course of the arrest, a struggle ensued. The man was eventually subdued and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

26 February, 2021

Officer Justified in Shooting Man Who had Assaulted Others; No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Mississauga Case

In the morning of May 2, 2020, Peel Regional Police officers responded to an address in Mississauga following reports of a homicide in the area. Officers located the 29-year-old person of interest in a shed in the backyard of a home. Shortly after the man emerged from the shed holding a knife covered in blood, an officer discharged her firearm three times. The man was struck. He, along with others who had been assaulted by the man, were transported to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are 
no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

26 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Petrolia

On October 26, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police received a 911 call about a 40-year-old man in distress armed with a firearm and threatening suicide. Officers attended the man’s property in Petrolia, and eventually located him inside a barn. He had suffered a penetrating gunshot wound of the head. The man was transported to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries on November 1, 2020. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s gunshot wound and subsequent death.

26 February, 2021

Officers Acted Lawfully During Encounter with Man in Waterloo; No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges

On July 4, 2020, a 34-year-old man was diagnosed with a fractured left orbital bone and broken nose following his arrest and while in the custody of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

26 February, 2021

SIU Lays Charge Against Durham Police Service Officer in Relation to Death of Man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of a 32-year-old man in November of 2019 in Oshawa. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

26 February, 2021

Update: Man who Sustained Gunshot Wound in London Succumbs to Injury

On February 22, 2021, the SIU commenced an investigation in London. At approximately 10:30 a.m. that day, London Police Service officers attended Greenway Park to locate a 24-year-old man who was reported to be in distress. Soon after arriving, officers located the man who was in possession of a firearm. Police made attempts to negotiate with him. Shortly after, he sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to hospital for treatment. On February 23, 2021, while in hospital, the man succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased. 

25 February, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charges Against Police Officers in Relation to Belleville Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that two Belleville Police Service (BPS) officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 28-year-old man in September of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against each of the officers. 

25 February, 2021

No Basis for Proceeding with Criminal Charges in Relation to Windsor Collision

On March 14, 2020, a collision occurred in the intersection of Tecumseh Road East and Rose-Ville Garden Drive in Windsor between a civilian vehicle and a police cruiser. As a result of the collision, the 78-year-old male driver of the civilian vehicle was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with three fractured left-sided ribs. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the man’s injuries.

25 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Death of Man in Toronto

On March 21, 2020, a 39-year-old man passed away following the attendance of paramedics, firefighters and police officers at his Toronto home in response to a medical call for service. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

24 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injuries to Motorcyclist in Brampton

On June 21, 2020, a 55-year-old man was injured in a motorcycle crash at an intersection in Brampton. As the crash was the result of an evasive maneuver undertaken by the man in an effort to avoid a collision with a police cruiser that was in the intersection, the SIU commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

24 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Death in Tay Township

In the evening of May 20, 2020, a 77-year-old man passed away, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. As Ontario Provincial Police officers had responded to his Tay Township residence and were present when the gunshot went off, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

24 February, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Fatally Shot by Police Yesterday in Downtown Toronto

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 45-year-old Gedi Ali Gedi as the man who was fatally shot yesterday during an interaction with Toronto Police Service officers at an apartment building in the downtown. 

23 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Whitby

On October 2, 2020, a 43-year-old man fractured his left arm in the course of being apprehended by Durham Regional Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

23 February, 2021

Officers Responsible for Man’s Care Acquitted Themselves Professionally Throughout his Period of Custody; No Charges to Issue in Toronto Drug Overdose Case

On the afternoon of July 25, 2020, a 19-year-old man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers and taken to 52 Division. While lodged in a cell, the man lapsed into acute medical distress. Having admitted that he ingested a quantity of drugs, first aid was provided, and the man was rushed to hospital where he was treated for a massive cocaine overdose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the Complainant’s arrest and injuries.

23 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Downtown Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 45-year-old man early this morning in Toronto.

22 February, 2021

SIU Discontinues Carlsbad Springs Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained last month by a 51-year-old man in Carlsbad Springs.

22 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Serious Injury to Man in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a life-threatening injury sustained today by a 24-year-old man in London.

19 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest and Injury in Englehart

On June 23, 2020, a 48-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers outside a residence in Englehart. The man was taken from the scene to hospital and diagnosed with a concussion. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

19 February, 2021

Vehicle Being Pursued by Police Crashed into Concrete Barrier Wall in Toronto; Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Actions of Police

In the early morning of August 14, 2020, a 24-year-old woman suffered a serious injury when she crashed her vehicle into a concrete barrier wall. As she was being pursued by Toronto Police Service cruisers at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer in the lead cruiser of the pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

19 February, 2021

SIU Invokes Jurisdiction in Relation to Death of Baby in Stratford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances around the death of an 18-month-old infant earlier this week in Stratford.

18 February, 2021

Man Died as a Result of Smoke Inhalation in Apartment Unit Fire in Toronto; No Charges to Issue Against Police

In the evening of April 17, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers attended a 12th floor apartment unit where they made attempts to speak with a 32-year-old man who had had barricaded himself inside, and was in distress. After some time, smoke began to seep through the door of the unit and officers realized that a fire had been set. Despite efforts to rescue the man from the unit which had become engulfed in flames, the man died as a result of smoke inhalation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence was committed in connection with the man’s death.

18 February, 2021

Cyclist was Mortally Wounded in King City after Being Struck by Vehicle that had Earlier been Pursued by Police; SIU Determines No Charges to Issue Against York Regional Police Officer

On July 24, 2020, while riding his bicycle in King City, 54-year-old Daniel Bertini was mortally injured when he was struck by a vehicle.  As the vehicle had been briefly pursued by a York Regional Police officer just prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Bertini’s death.

17 February, 2021

SIU Discontinues Hamilton Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in December while a 26-year-old man was lodged in a Hamilton police station cell.

16 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Kingston Collision Following Police Pursuit

Shortly after midnight of October 26, 2020, a 31-year-old woman suffered a right scapular fracture and a broken left leg when she crashed her vehicle in the area of Highway 401 and Battersea Road in Kingston.  As she had been pursued by Ontario Provincial Police officers in the moments prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved in the pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

16 February, 2021

Former OPP Superintendent Charged with Sexual Assault in Relation to Toronto Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against a former Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) superintendent in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in Toronto in February of 2014.

12 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Injury in Waterloo While in Presence of Police

On June 2, 2020, Waterloo Regional Police Service officers transported an inebriated 41-year-old woman from a store to her residence. While outside the residence, the woman walked off a landing and fell onto the lawn, fracturing her left foot in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury.

12 February, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Man’s Arrest and Injury in Cambridge

On August 16, 2020, Waterloo Regional Police Service officers arrested a 43-year-old man in Cambridge. As officers were escorting the man, he lunged forward in an attempt to break free. The man was taken to the ground. While at the police station, the man began to complain of pain. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right clavicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

12 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an 18-year-old man in Mississauga who had been taken to hospital on February 9, 2021.

11 February, 2021

Man Alone was Responsible for Fall Through Glass Roof of Greenhouse; SIU Terminates Hanover Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 33-year-old man in Hanover.

11 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Hospitalization Following Drug Ingestion While in Kingston Police Cell

At approximately 7 p.m. on July 19, 2020, a 48-year-old woman consumed illicit drugs while lodged in a cell at Kingston Police headquarters. She started to display symptoms of a drug overdose within the hour and was taken to hospital. After a period in the Intensive Care Unit, the woman recovered and was discharged from hospital nine days later. Because the woman was in police custody at the time of her drug ingestion, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was in charge of the care of prisoners committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s time in custody.

11 February, 2021

Evidence Indicates Deaths of Father and Son in Kawartha Lakes a Result of Police Gunfire

Upon receipt and review of additional forensic evidence in this case, including the results of the postmortem examination performed on a child, and reports prepared by the Centre of Forensic Sciences of analyses conducted with respect to bloodstains in the pickup truck, the trajectory of shots that struck the truck, and firearms, cartridge cases and projectiles, the SIU can today confirm that the  child’s death on November 26, 2020 in Kawartha Lakes was the result of being shot by police. 

10 February, 2021

SIU Finds No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Scarborough Shooting

In the early morning hours of April 15, 2020, in the fourth-floor corridor of the apartment building at which a 43-year-old man resided, the man was shot and injured by a Toronto Police Service officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

10 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Tilbury Arrest

On July 25, 2020, a 49-year-old man suffered fractured ribs and a dog bite wound in the course of his arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Tilbury.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.  

10 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Sarnia

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision early this morning in Sarnia that resulted in the death of a man.

9 February, 2021

SIU Terminates North York Investigation After Determining Man’s Injuries a Result of Jump from Fourth-Floor Apartment Balcony

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in June in North York.

9 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Shooting of Man by Police Officer in Parking Lot of Toronto Hotel

On April 30, 2020, a 30-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of a Best Western Plus hotel by a Toronto Police Service officer. The man subsequently died at the scene of the shooting. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

8 February, 2021

Man Died in Home as a Result of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound; SIU Determines No Basis to Proceed with Charges in North Bay Case

On May 10, 2020, a 60-year-old man died in his North Bay home as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As North Bay Police Service officers had responded to the man’s residence to check on his welfare that morning – and were possibly present around the house at the time the man shot himself – the SIU conducted an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

8 February, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Motorcyclist in Toronto Collision

In the afternoon of July 24, 2020, a Toronto Police Service officer was performing speed enforcement when he clocked a Chevrolet Malibu exceeding the 50 km/h speed limit. The officer stepped onto the roadway and signaled at the driver to pull over and stop. The Malibu came to a stop, forcing the pickup truck behind to brake hard to prevent an impact with the rear of the Malibu. As the pickup truck driver did so, a motorcyclist behind the pickup truck attempted to maneuver around the rear driver’s side corner of the vehicle to avoid a collision. However, the motorcycle struck the rear of the truck sending him and his motorcycle into the passing lane where the vehicle was again struck by an eastbound Mazda. The 48-year-old male motorcyclist was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with several facial fractures and fractures of the right leg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

8 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Brampton

On August 23, 2020, a 47-year-old man suffered a fractured clavicle in the process of his arrest by Peel Regional Police officers in Brampton. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

8 February, 2021

SIU Updates Investigation into Fatal Shooting of Man in East Gwillimbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 37-year-old man on Saturday at a residence in East Gwillimbury. 

6 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Fatal Shooting of Man in East Gwillimbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction today in East Gwillimbury that resulted in two York Regional Police officers fatally shooting a 37-year-old man.

5 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision Between Civilian Vehicle and Police Cruiser

In the morning of November 2, 2020, a 70-year-old woman suffered a fracture of her right hand in a motor vehicle collision with a police cruiser. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was driving the cruiser committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury. The file is closed.

5 February, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Mississauga Arrest of Man

On July 18, 2020, a 50-year-old man was arrested in Mississauga by Peel Regional Police officers. During the course of his arrest, the man suffered severe injuries to his right leg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.  

5 February, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Brockville Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Brockville Police Service (BPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 31-year-old man in July of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

4 February, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Cruiser Strikes Man in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained last night in Brampton by a 39-year-old man after being struck by a police cruiser.

4 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Stratford

On June 27, 2015, a 23-year-old man was arrested by two Stratford Police Service officers. The following day, the man’s doctor diagnosed him with a mild concussion. On July 7, 2020, the man’s family contacted the SIU to report that the man’s injury was the result of force used during his arrest five years prior. As a result of the SIU’s investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

4 February, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Who Died in London

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 34-year-old Fabian Hart of London as the man who passed away on February 2, 2021, in London. 

3 February, 2021

SIU Investigating after Officer Discharges Less Lethal Shotgun at Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction that occurred early this morning in Toronto between police officers and an 18-year-old male.

2 February, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision that Injured Two People

On June 14, 2020, a 52-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter were in their Ford Escape stopped for a red light in Toronto when they were suddenly struck from behind by an SUV. The mother and daughter suffered serious injuries in the collision. As the driver of the SUV was being pursued by a police cruiser at the time, the SIU commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.

2 February, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Windsor Collision Between Motorcycle and Police Bicycle

On August 19, 2020, a Windsor Police Service officer was riding a bicycle when he collided with a motorcycle being operated by a 64-year-old man. Both individuals were ejected from their vehicles. The motorcyclist was transported to hospital and reportedly diagnosed with facial fractures and a brain bleed.  The officer suffered a compound fracture requiring surgery. While the officer appears largely to blame for the collision, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

2 February, 2021

Update: Woman Involved in January 1st Multi-Vehicle Collision in Toronto Succumbs to Injuries

On January 1, 2021, a Mercedes-Benz SUV being investigated by police became involved in a collision with other vehicles in the intersection of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West. As a result of the collision, the 23-year-old male driver of the Mercedes-Benz was taken to hospital, as was the 67-year-old female driver of a Honda CRV. On January 30, 2021, the 67-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

2 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old man this morning in London.

1 February, 2021

SIU Discontinues Bracebridge Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in Bracebridge between Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and a 43-year-old woman in October. The SIU was made aware of the incident on December 11, 2020.

1 February, 2021

Woman’s Injury in Cell Self-inflicted; SIU Discontinues Little Current Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into serious injury sustained in December by a 25-year-old woman while lodged in a police cell in Little Current.

1 February, 2021

SIU Investigating Falling Death of Woman in Oshawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year-old woman earlier today in Oshawa.

January

29 January, 2021

SIU Discontinues Rockland Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an October incident in which a 53-year-old man was injured.

28 January, 2021

SIU Finds No Grounds to Charge Police Service Dog Handler in Relation to Bite Injuries Sustained by Man During Arrest Odessa

On June 2, 2020, a 30-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his left leg when he was bitten by a police service dog in the course of his arrest in Odessa. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the dog’s handler committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

28 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting Death of Man in Temiskaming Shores

On the night of April 9, 2020, an individual called 911 from a residence in Temiskaming Shores, reporting a home invasion involving a man armed with a gun and a possible hostage situation. Upon entering the home, officers heard shouts coming from the second floor. One officer yelled upstairs for everyone to come down immediately. A 42-year-old man then emerged at the top of the stairs and began to make his way down the stairs with what appeared to be a handgun. Officers ordered the man to stop, and when the man continued to descend with his gun pointed at one of the officers, two officers discharged their firearms. The man was struck. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

27 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Teenager’s Arrest in Leamington and Subsequent Hospitalization

On May 6, 2020, a 17-year-old male was sent to hospital from the Ontario Provincial Police Leamington Detachment, where he was in custody, for treatment of an apparent drug overdose. The officer who had earlier arrested the teenager and lodged him in cells was identified as the subject officer for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the male’s arrest and subsequent admission to hospital.

27 January, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Midland

On September 25, 2020, a 32-year-old woman was arrested in Midland by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer and taken into custody.  The following evening, the woman contacted the OPP to report that her right arm had been fractured in the course of the arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest.

26 January, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Man in Attempt to Flee Police in London

On October 1, 2020, a 23-year-old man suffered fractures and a dislocation of bones in his left foot as he fled from the police in the area of the White Oaks Mall in London. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

25 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Alfred

On February 11, 2020, a sheriff attended a home in Alfred to enforce an eviction notice. When the 50-year-old homeowner indicated he had no intention of leaving the home, the sheriff contacted the Ontario Provincial Police for assistance. When an officer spoke with the man, the man explained he had several firearms in the house. As a result, a decision was made to set up containment around the property. At about 12:30 p.m., the man was seen opening a front window and closing the blinds to the same window. Within minutes, flames were seen within the home and smoke was billowing from the window. The man was discovered deceased in the basement of the home. He had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

25 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Apprehension in Brampton

On July 1, 2020, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to an address in Brampton to check on the well-being of a 32-year-old man. When an officer decided to apprehend the man under the Mental Health Act, the man – who recognized that he was in mental distress and in need of his medication – peacefully surrendered. However, as the man was being escorted down the stairs, he began to resist his arrest. Officers took the man to the ground and attempted to hold him in place pending the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics arrived, administered a sedative to the man and he was taken to hospital. There, he was diagnosed with a fractured ankle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

25 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Collision in Hamilton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred last night in Hamilton, resulting in serious injuries to a 44-year-old man.

24 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Sault Ste. Marie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old man last night in Sault Ste. Marie.

22 January, 2021

Woman’s Admittance to ICU a Result of Drug Overdose; SIU Discontinues Guelph Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Guelph.

22 January, 2021

SIU Discontinues Trenton Investigation as Man Alone was Responsible for Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 27-year-old man earlier this month in Trenton.

22 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Jump from London Apartment Balcony

On September 24, 2020, a 21-year-old man contacted police as he wanted another man removed from his apartment. Two London Police Service officers attended the apartment and executed a peaceful arrest of the man for whom there was an arrest warrant. As officers were escorting the man from the apartment building, they learned that someone had jumped from an apartment balcony. One of the officers went to the scene of the fall in order to help the individual, who turned out to be the 21-year-old man who had earlier contacted police. The man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with pelvic fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Marathon Collision Following Police Pursuit

On October 16, 2020, a 47-year-old man suffered a fractured left-sided rib in a motor vehicle collision north of Marathon. As the vehicle he was in had briefly been pursued by an Ontario Provincial Police officer moments before the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

21 January, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Bracebridge Arrest

On June 23, 2020, a 56-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Bracebridge. Several weeks later, the man was diagnosed with multiple un-displaced or minimally displaced rib fractures. As the injuries were not new at the time they were diagnosed, there was evidence to suggest that they were the result of the force inflicted on the man in the course of his arrest weeks earlier. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Burlington Collision

In the early morning hours of June 13, 2020, a 29-year-old man dislocated his left hip and fractured his left femur in a motor vehicle collision. As the vehicle in which the man was traveling was being pursued by a Halton Regional Police Service officer at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

20 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old man in Ottawa last night.

20 January, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Orillia Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an interaction with a 43-year-old woman in September of 2019. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer. The matter was brought to the attention of the SIU by a civilian on April 15, 2020.

20 January, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Criminally Charge a Peel Regional Police Officer in Connection with the Shooting Death of Jamal Francique

On January 7, 2020, Jamal Francique was shot by a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer in the course of his arrest in Mississauga.  Mr. Francique was taken to hospital and remained alive on life support until he passed away on January 10, 2020.  The SIU was notified and commenced an investigation.  

Based on his review of the evidence, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no grounds for proceeding with charges against the officer notwithstanding Mr. Francique’s death, and the file is closed.

19 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Hanover Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 42-year-old man that occurred in October of 2020.

15 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Fort Erie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 61-year-old man in Fort Erie this week.

15 January, 2021

Man Injured After Falling Out of Apartment Bedroom Window; SIU Terminates Collingwood Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 42-year-old man in Collingwood.

15 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Hamilton

In the early hours of September 24, 2020, a 54-year-old man and two others were caught by police officers while leaving a Signature Vape shop which they had just broken into. After the arrest was completed by police, it was discovered that the 54-year-old had several fractured bones in his left foot. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe any police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

15 January, 2021

Update Regarding Kawartha Lakes Investigation

The SIU investigation into the circumstances of an incident that resulted in the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his 33-year-old father is ongoing. Both sustained gunshot wounds on November 26, 2020 in the City of Kawartha Lakes in the course of an interaction between the father and Ontario Provincial Police officers. The child was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the father succumbed to his injuries almost one week later. 

14 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Peterborough Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred in October of 2020.

14 January, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Shoots Man in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting tonight in Scarborough.

13 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Apprehension of Woman in Whitby

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the apprehension of a 35-year-old woman in Whitby in June of 2018. On December 3, 2020, the woman contacted the SIU to report she had suffered a shoulder injury in the course of her apprehension.

13 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Caledonia Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 62-year-old man in Caledonia. 

12 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Beaverton ATV Collision

In the early morning hours of September 27, 2020, two police officers from the Durham Regional Police Service, investigating reports of suspicious motor vehicle activity on Simcoe Street in Beaverton, interacted with a man who was driving an ATV. The ATV crashed, and the man suffered four broken ribs on his left side and a broken scapula. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence during their encounter with the man.

11 January, 2021

SIU Finds no Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Brant Collision

On June 27, 2020, a 36-year-old man fractured his left arm when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ditch in Brant. As the man’s vehicle was being pursued by an Ontario Provincial Police officer prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.

7 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Drug Overdose in Barrie Police Station Cell

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 44-year-old man in Barrie. 

6 January, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Fatally Shot in Niagara-on-the-Lake

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 27-year-old Martin Gordyn of the Niagara Region as the man who was fatally shot yesterday during an interaction with police officers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

5 January, 2021

Youth in Yarker Sustained Injury after Jump from Balcony; SIU Terminates Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained in November by a 16-year-old male in Yarker. 

5 January, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man this afternoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

2 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man today in Ottawa.

1 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Multi-Vehicle Collision in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a multi-vehicle collision that occurred today in Toronto, resulting in serious injuries to two people.