News Release

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Discharges ARWEN at Man in Brantford

Case Number: 23-OFP-016   

Mississauga, ON (10 January, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Brantford Police Service (BPS) officer discharged an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) today at a 39-year-old man.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • In the afternoon hours of January 10, 2023, an individual contacted BPS to report that while in Gilkison Flats Park, a man had threatened to harm him. 
  • Officers were dispatched to the area and they located a person of interest in the area of  Veterans Memorial Parkway and Gilkison Street.
  • When the man refused to remove his hands from his pockets, an officer deployed his ARWEN and the man was struck. Another officer discharged his conducted energy weapon at the man.
  • The man was subsequently apprehended and taken to hospital. He did not sustain any serious injury.

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

Although the man did not sustain any serious injury, the SIU’s mandate was invoked because a police officer discharged an ARWEN which is classified as a 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:

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897 or click here for more information:

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