News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Officer’s Discharge of Less-Lethal Shotgun at Man in Scarborough

Case Number: 22-TFP-272   

Mississauga, ON (17 February, 2023) ---
On October 20, 2022, emergency personnel, including Toronto Police Service officers, were dispatched to a Scarborough apartment building following 911 calls reporting a possible fire in a unit. In the course of an interaction with a 45-year-old man who occupied the unit, an officer fired her less-lethal firearm at him. On SIU Director Joseph Martino’s assessment of the evidence, there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the discharge of her firearm. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
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