News Release

SIU Investigating after Officer Discharges Less-Lethal Shotgun at Man in Toronto

Case Number: 21-TFP-241   

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Mississauga, ON (2 August, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of less-lethal shotgun by an officer at a 56-year-old man in Toronto. 

Preliminary information suggests that on August 1, 2021, at approximately 6:12 pm, members of Toronto Police Service (TPS) and Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) responded to a call for a man in crisis and threatening suicide. The man was armed with a hand saw. There was an interaction and one of the attending officers discharged a less-lethal weapon. The man was apprehended and taken to hospital for assessment.

Three investigators 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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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