SIU Investigating After Police Officers Shoot Man in St. Catharines
Case Number: 20-OFI-360
- At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday December 25, 2020, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) was asked by another police service for assistance in locating a person of interest believed to be heading into NRPS’s jurisdiction.
- At 2:46 a.m., officers located a vehicle of interest being operated in the area of Vansickle Road and St. Paul Street West in St. Catharines.
- Using a stop stick, officers managed to stop the vehicle.
- There was an interaction between officers and the 30-year-old man who was driving the vehicle. While the man was outside of the vehicle, two officers discharged their firearms and the man was struck.
- He was taken to hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.
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
Monica Hudon, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342