News Release

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

Case Number: 21-OFP-181   

Mississauga, ON (11 June, 2021) ---
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. 

Preliminary information suggests that on June 10, 2021, at approximately 1:30 pm, members of NBPS responded to a report of a trespasser who had pulled a handgun on a homeowner. The young male was arrested after a brief standoff and was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. 

One NBPS officer was designated as subject officer and three other officers were designated as witness officers.

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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Loida Pedro,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342