SIU Investigating Less-lethal Firearm Discharge by Police Officer in Toronto
Case Number: 22-TFP-258
- At approximately 8:10 p.m. on September 30, 2022, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of Royal York Road and The Queensway for a man who had been causing a disturbance, and who was reported to be in possession of a knife.
- When police officers arrived, the man fled to the area of Wesley Street and The Queensway. Officers attempted to communicate with the man.
- At some point, two officers discharged conducted energy weapons at the man. Another officer deployed his less-lethal firearm at the man, and the man was struck. He did not sustain any serious injury.
- After the man was taken into custody, he went unconscious and first aid was administered. Paramedics arrived and transported the man to hospital where he regained consciousness.
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
Monica Hudon, firstname.lastname@example.org
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES