News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Shots Exchanged Between Man, Ottawa Officers in Nepean

Case Number: 23-OFI-071   

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SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Nepean

Mississauga, ON (30 June, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe three Ottawa Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with shooting a 28-year-old man. On March 4, 2023, officers were called to a residence on Garden Glen Private in Nepean for a call about the man being in mental distress and in possession of firearms. Officers located the man inside, behind the door and holding a gun. As the officers retreated, the man opened the door and fired in their direction. He was met with return fire, which struck and wounded his right forearm and right leg. He later surrendered and was arrested.
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