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No Charges in ARWEN Shooting of Man Believed to Be Armed near Mississauga Mall

Case Number: 21-OFP-120   

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Mississauga, ON (13 August, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence after firing an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) at a man believed to have a gun near a Mississauga mall.

Early on April 15, 2021, police officers were dispatched to the Westwood Square mall in Mississauga after a man claimed he had a gun and threatened to kill people. After appearing to surrender, the man suddenly rose to his feet and approached the officers. An officer fired his ARWEN five times and two or more of the rounds struck the man, temporarily incapacitating the man. The man, who was not seriously injured, was arrested. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=1504

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