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No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Barricaded Man in East York

Case Number: 19-TCI-139   

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Mississauga, ON (2 March, 2020) ---
On the night of June 18, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to a home in East York after a resident of the home reported that a man had forced his way into the residence and was currently barricaded in a bedroom while in the possession of a knife or fork. The house was contained from the outside pending the arrival of the Emergency Task Force (ETF). ETF officers entered the home and attempted to communicate with the man. Concerned for the man’s well-being, the officers forced the bedroom door open and arrested the man. Following his arrest, the man was taken to hospital where he was treated for stab wounds and a collapsed lung. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed.

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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342