News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Toronto Officer Shooting Less-Lethal Shotgun at Man

Case Number: 22-TFP-258   

Mississauga, ON (27 January, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with shooting at a man with a less-lethal shotgun in Etobicoke. On September 30, 2022, officers confronted the man inside an apartment he had broken into on the Queensway. Prior to that, he attempted to carjack a woman’s vehicle and was chased away from a restaurant. Officers attempted to negotiate with the man. He resisted and was struck with a Conducted Energy Weapon and single round from a less-lethal shotgun. He was arrested. The man was not seriously injured.

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