News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Brampton Discharge of Firearm by Officer

Case Number: 23-OFP-412   

Mississauga, ON (30 January, 2024) ---
In the evening of October 6, 2023, two Peel Regional Police officers were on patrol in Brampton when they came across a vehicle with a licence plate that had been reported stolen. When officers confronted a man who had exited the vehicle, the man fled. The officers gave chase on foot. One of the officers tackled the man to the ground and then struggled to arrest him. The man resisted arrest, biting the officer a number of times. In the course of their altercation on the ground, the officer’s firearm discharged and the round struck the roadway. The other officer fired his conducted energy weapon ant the man multiple times before he was handcuffed. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the firearm discharge.
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