News Release

SIU Investigating Police Firearm Discharge in Brantford

Case Number: 24-OFP-012   

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Mississauga, ON (12 January, 2024) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a firearm by a police officer this morning in Brantford.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 3:30 a.m. on January 12, 2024, a Brantford Police Service officer observed a white van of interest at the Petro Canada gas station located at Fairview Drive and West Street. The officer called for assistance. 
  • There was an interaction, and one officer discharged his firearm several times. 
  • Shortly after, the 34-year-old man was arrested. The man was not struck or injured as a result of the firearm discharge. He was taken to hospital. 

Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. 

Even in cases of no serious injury or death, the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019 dictates that the discharge of a firearm by an officer falls within the jurisdiction of the SIU.

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