News Release

SIU Investigating After Officer Discharges Firearm in North York

Case Number: 21-TFI-168   

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Mississauga, ON (31 May, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a police firearm yesterday in North York.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 5:45 p.m. on May 30, 2021, Toronto Police Service were in an underground garage on Grenoble Drive to investigate the occupants of a vehicle.
  • When the vehicle proceeded to flee from the garage, one officer discharged his firearm at the vehicle.
  • The unoccupied vehicle was later located in the area of Finch Avenue East and Bayview Avenue.

Two investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. 

At this time, none of the vehicle occupants have been located, and so the SIU is not in a position to confirm whether anyone was struck. Even in cases of no serious injury or death, the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019 dictates that the discharge of a firearm by an officer falls within the jurisdiction of the SIU.

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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