News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Thornhill Police-Involved Shooting

Case Number: 21-OFI-419   

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Mississauga, ON (14 April, 2022) ---
On December 15, 2021, York Regional Police officers were made aware of a recently committed bank robbery at a Scotiabank in Thornhill. While driving in his cruiser, an officer located a man who generally fit the description of the suspect. The officer gave chase on foot and told the man to stop. While the man fled, he repeatedly pointed a BB gun at the officer. The man rounded a corner and hid, and when confronted by the officer, the man held the gun with both hands and aimed it at the officer. The officer discharged his firearm at the man twice. The man was taken to hospital and treated for a penetrating gunshot wound to the area of his left shoulder and a graze wound to the upper left arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, concluded there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer comported himself unlawfully in the events leading to and including the shooting. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against the officer and the file has been closed.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES