News Release

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

Case Number: 20-OFP-348   

Mississauga, ON (6 May, 2021) ---
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.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES