News Release

SIU Investigating Police Discharge of CEW, Man Hospitalized in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 21-OCI-280   

Mississauga, ON (30 August, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police discharge of a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) at a 43-year-old man before he was hospitalized in critical condition this morning.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 2:30 a.m., Niagara Regional Police Service officers on patrol saw a driver flee after a vehicle hit the curb on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls.
  • A CEW was deployed and the man was apprehended.
  • The man became unresponsive, and officers administered Narcan as well as performed CPR.
  • The man was taken to hospital and was in critical condition.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES