News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation in Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Toronto

Case Number: 21-TFD-059   

Mississauga, ON (23 June, 2021) ---
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.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=1401

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, loida.pedro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342