News Release

July 23 Update: SIU Completes Fieldwork in Relation to Malton Fatal Police-Involved Shooting; Unit Awaiting Receipt of Additional Information

Case Number: 20-OFD-144   

Mississauga, ON (23 July, 2020) ---
The SIU’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 62-year-old man – who was fatally shot during an interaction with Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers on June 20, 2020 in Malton – is ongoing. While the fieldwork has been substantially completed, the investigation remains open pending receipt of additional information including evidence from counsel for the man’s family.

As of today:
  • Six investigators and three forensic investigators from the SIU have been assigned to the case.
  • The subject officer declined to be interviewed and did not submit a copy of his notes, as is his legal right. Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 267/10 of the Police Services Act, subject officers cannot be legally compelled to present themselves for an interview with the SIU and they do not have to submit their notes to the SIU.
  • The nine PRP officers who were designated as witness officers have been interviewed.
  • SIU investigators have  collected a police-issued firearm, a conducted energy weapon and an Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield, as well as evidence associated with those weapons. A knife was also recovered from the scene. The knife and firearm were sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis.
  • A post-mortem examination was conducted on June 22, 2020, and the SIU is awaiting this report as well as the results of toxicological analysis.

As part of the investigation, SIU investigators interviewed civilian witnesses and took possession of video footage. Interviews with family members of the man have not yet been conducted, and the SIU is waiting on a decision from family counsel regarding their scheduling. In addition, the SIU has requested that a medical release be signed by family so that investigators can access relevant medical records.

The SIU is working to ensure the investigation is concluded, and its findings released, as expeditiously as possible. 

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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342