News Release

SIU Updates Investigation into Police Shooting Death of Man in Norfolk County

Case Number: 21-TFD-373   

Mississauga, ON (18 November, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 70-year-old man, identified as Rodger Kotanko, after a Toronto Police Service officer discharged his firearm in Norfolk County on November 3, 2021. The incident occurred while Toronto Police Service officers were executing a search warrant at a residence in the area of Highway 6 and Highway 24. 

As of today: 
  • Investigators have collected one police-issued firearm, which was sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis.
  • One subject official and seven witness officials have been designated at this time.
  • Five witness officials have been interviewed. 
  • Two civilian witnesses have been interviewed.
  • The post-mortem was conducted on November 4, 2021. The final post-mortem report has not yet been received.
  • Mr. Kotanko’s next-of-kin are engaged in the SIU’s Affected Persons Program, which includes support services.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or contact the office through the website: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php

The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website: https://siu.on.ca/en/video_uploads.php

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

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