News Release

No Reasonable Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to ARWEN Discharge at Man in Brantford

Case Number: 21-OFP-113   

Mississauga, ON (3 August, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with his Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) discharge.

On April 6, 2021, a Guelph Police Service (GPS) tactical officer fired two rounds of ARWEN at the 37-year-old man. The ARWEN rounds did not cause an injury to the man and the officer was unable to incapacitate him.

The incident occurred on day three of a four-day stand-off with police at his home in Brantford.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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

Lisez ce communiqué en français.

SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES