News Release

SIU Investigating After Peel Police Officer Shot Less-Lethal Firearm at Man in Mississauga

Case Number: 24-OFP-045   

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Mississauga, ON (1 February, 2024) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Peel Regional Police officer discharged a less-lethal firearm at a 39-year-old man in Mississauga on Tuesday.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 2:30 p.m. on January 30, 2024, officers were notified of a person in crisis at a residence in the area of Port Street East. Officers responded and saw a man harming himself. 
  • An officer discharged a conducted energy weapon at the man. An officer shot an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield at the man. 
  • The man was apprehended under the Mental Health Act. He was transported to hospital for treatment.
The SIU’s mandate was invoked because a police officer discharged a less-lethal weapon, 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: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php

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: siu.on.ca/en/apc.php

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.media@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES