News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Officers’ Discharge of Less-Lethal Shotguns at Man in Toronto

Case Number: 23-TFP-239   

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

Mississauga, ON (20 October, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe two Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with shooting a 47-year-old man with less-lethal rounds. 

On June 24, 2023, officers were called to a business at Mill Street and Yonge Street for reports of a man with a knife. The officers confronted the man and told him to drop the knife. He moved at the officers. Officers fired a conducted energy weapon and less-lethal shotguns at the man. He was arrested and not seriously injured.
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