News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Shooting Death of Man at Vaughan Condominium

Case Number: 22-OFD-319   

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SIU Investigating Shooting Death of Man in Vaughan

Mississauga, ON (17 April, 2023) ---
On the evening of December 18, 2022, York Regional Police received 911 calls from residents of a condominium building in Vaughan reporting an active shooter in the complex. One of the first officers on scene located the shooter in the hallway of one of the floors. When the man refused to drop his pistol, and instead raised the hand holding the pistol as if readying to point it at the officer, the officer discharged his weapon four times. The man was struck. Despite officers administering first-aid, the man succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Five other people were found deceased on three different floors of the building. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting. 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES