News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Firearm Discharge at Man in Toronto

Case Number: 21-TFP-115   

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SIU Investigating Discharge of Sock Gun by Police Officer in Scarborough

Mississauga, ON (6 August, 2021) ---
On April 10, 2021, a 42-year-old male was struck by a sock round from a less-lethal shotgun fired by a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer after he threatened members of his family with a knife. The arresting officer – the SO – was identified as a subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation. The SIU Director, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the SO committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

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

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