News Release

No Charges Warranted After Hamilton Officer Shoots at Man

Case Number: 22-OFP-230   

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SIU Investigating Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer in Hamilton

Mississauga, ON (6 January, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Hamilton Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with shooting at a 44-year-old man during his arrest last September. Director Martino found no basis for proceeding with charges in this case.  The man was not struck by a bullet and did not suffer any serious injuries.

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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES