News Release

SIU Investigating Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer in Hamilton

Case Number: 22-OFP-230   

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Mississauga, ON (8 September, 2022) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a firearm by a police officer today at a 44-year-old man in Hamilton.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • In the early morning hours of September 8, 2022, a Hamilton Police Service officer located a person of interest in the area of Main Street East and Victoria Avenue South.
  •  When the officer attempted to engage with the man, the man fled on foot. The officer followed on foot, and alerted Communications on the whereabouts of the man and that he might be in possession of a firearm.
  • Officers contained the man in a parking lot on East Avenue North, between King William Street and King Street East.
  • An interaction occurred, and multiple officers deployed their conducted energy weapons at the man. Another officer discharged his firearm at the man, but the man was not struck. 
  • The man was apprehended.

Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. 

Even in cases of no serious injury or death, the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019 dictates that the discharge of a firearm by an officer falls within the jurisdiction of the SIU.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.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

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Monica Hudon, siu.media@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES