News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal Shooting of Man in Collingwood

Case Number: 20-PFD-225   

Mississauga, ON (9 September, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 29-year-old man today in Collingwood.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on September 9, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers attended a residence on Third Street for a report of a barricaded man.
  • As officers were setting up the perimeter, the man exited the residence. He was in possession of a firearm.
  • There was an interaction between officers and the man, with one officer deploying his conducted energy weapon. When this proved to be ineffective, the same officer discharged his firearm at the man.
  • The man was struck. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

At this time, six investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. One subject officer and 10 witness officers have been designated. A post-mortem is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Toronto.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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