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No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Tecumseh

Case Number: 19-PFD-134   

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SIU Investigating Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Tecumseh

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Mississauga, ON (22 April, 2020) ---
On the night of June 14, 2019, the mother of a 48-year-old man contacted 911 and informed that her son was holed up with knives in the bathroom of his Tecumseh home and was threatening to harm himself. Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to the home. Following a period of negotiation, a physical altercation ensued between the officers and the man culminating in the man being fatally shot by an officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

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