News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Police-Involved Shooting Behind Toronto YMCA

Case Number: 19-TFI-300   

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Mississauga, ON (10 July, 2020) ---
On December 8, 2019, a parking enforcement officer observed a stolen motor vehicle and notified the Toronto Police Service. Soon after arriving in the area, the responding officers observed a 43-year-old man enter the stolen motor vehicle and flee. The police officers pursued the stolen vehicle to a parking lot behind a YMCA. During their efforts to arrest the man, an officer twice discharged his firearm at the vehicle, both times striking the windshield of the vehicle. One of the bullets struck the man’s hand. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

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