News Release

SIU Investigating Discharge of Less-Lethal Firearm by Police Officer at Man in Scarborough

Case Number: 22-TFP-272   

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Mississauga, ON (21 October, 2022) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Toronto Police Service officer discharged his less-lethal firearm yesterday at a man in Scarborough.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 9:45 p.m. on October 20, 2022, Toronto Police Service officers responded to an arson call at an apartment building located at 90 Mornelle Court.
  • When a person of interest in one of the units refused to cooperate with officers, an officer discharged his less-lethal firearm at the man. The man was struck, but did not sustain any serious injury.
  • He was transported to hospital for a psychiatric assessment.
Although the man did not sustain any serious injury, the SIU’s mandate was invoked because a police officer discharged a less-lethal firearm. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, a firearm is defined as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person.

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