No Charges for Police Officer who Shot Man in Fleeing Vehicle
(27 September, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a shooting that seriously injured a man last May.
On May 30, 2021, Toronto Police Service officers on bicycles questioned the driver of a vehicle for having a missing front licence plate while in a parking garage at 58 Grenoble Drive. The driver fled from police in his vehicle. In the process, the vehicle struck the left arm of one officer with the driver side mirror, narrowly missed hitting other officers and ran over their bicycles. As the driver sped out of the parking garage, an officer discharged his firearm. The 19-year-old passenger in the vehicle suffered a gunshot wound to his right forearm.
Director Martino found the use of force was reasonable in the circumstances and concluded there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case. The file has been closed.
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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