News Release

SIU Investigating After Halton Police Officer Shot ARWEN at Man in Oakville

Case Number: 23-OFP-274   

Mississauga, ON (19 July, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Halton Regional Police Service officer discharged an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 19-year-old man in Oakville yesterday.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 2:56 p.m. on July 18, 2023, officers were dispatched to a reported carjacking in the area of Eighth Line and Kestell Boulevard. The man involved fled and was reportedly involved in a collision in the area of Trafalgar Road and Ceremonial Drive. The man fled on foot.
  • A police service dog located the man in the yard of a residence in the area of McCraney Street East. An officer fired an ARWEN at the man. 
  • The man was arrested and taken to hospital. He was not seriously injured.
The man did not sustain any serious injury, but the SIU’s mandate was invoked because a police officer discharged an ARWEN, which is classified as a firearm. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, a firearm is defined as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person.

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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES