News Release

SIU Investigating Police Shooting of Man in Kitchener

Case Number: 21-OFI-263   

Mississauga, ON (18 August, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who was shot by a Waterloo Regional Police Service officer in Kitchener this evening.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 6:50 p.m., on August 18, 2021, officers responded to a call related to a man in distress near Strasburg Road and Ottawa Street.
  • The man approached an officer with a weapon, and police shot him with a firearm.
  • The man has been taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. 

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES