News Release

SIU Investigating the Discharge of Less-Lethal Firearms at a Man in Toronto

Case Number: 21-TFP-239   

Mississauga, ON (1 August, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of non-lethal weapons by two Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers at a man in Toronto. 

Preliminary information suggests that on July 31, 2021, at approximately 11:15 pm, members of TPS responded to a call for service. Upon arrival, the officers were confronted by the man with a knife. An altercation ensued and the non-lethal weapons were discharged.  The man was subsequently taken into custody and was brought to the hospital for medical assessment. 

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

The SIU is asking anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also asking 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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