News Release

SIU Investigating Discharge of Less-Lethal Shotguns at Man in North York

Case Number: 23-TFP-239   

Mississauga, ON (25 June, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after two Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers discharged their less-lethal shotguns at a 47-year-old man yesterday in Toronto.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 1:20 p.m. on June 24, 2023, TPS officers were dispatched to the area of Yonge Street and Mill Street for a person in crisis who was armed with an edged weapon.  
  • Officers located the man and attempted to communicate with him.
  • There was an interaction, and two officers discharged their less-lethal shotguns at the man. 
  • The man was taken to hospital for treatment. At this time, it appears the man did not sustain any serious injury. 

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

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