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October

16 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Guelph Vehicle Pursuit that Preceded Collision

On November 25, 2018, a 29-year-old man was seriously injured when the vehicle he was driving slammed into a utility pole in Guelph. At the time of the collision, the vehicle was being pursued by a Guelph Police Service officer. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s serious injuries.

16 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Man’s Death in London

On December 27, 2018, a 29-year-old man was lodged in a courthouse cell to await a court appearance. Following the court appearance, the man was transported to the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre. While in the process of being admitted, the man collapsed. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a London Police Service officer in relation to the man’s death.

16 October, 2019

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Interaction with Man During Execution of Search Warrant at Toronto Apartment

On November 26, 2018, Toronto Police Service officers attended an apartment building on McCowan Road to execute a search warrant for illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia obtained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. When officers showed up at the door of a unit, a 40-year-old man was the only person present. The officers entered the apartment and confronted the man physically. During the course of that interaction, the man suffered a broken nose and laceration of his right lower eyelid. He was transported to hospital for treatment. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any police officer in relation to this incident.

16 October, 2019

SIU Closes File into Man’s Arrest in Dryden as Force Used by Police Deemed to be Legally Justified

In the afternoon hours of December 12, 2018, a 61-year-old man was arrested on his property in Dryden by Ontario Provincial Police officers. The man was subsequently taken to hospital while in the custody of the police and diagnosed with a fractured right wrist. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to the man’s serious injury.

15 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Richmond Hill, and his Subsequent Custody at the Police Station

On the morning of December 15, 2018, a 44-year-old man was arrested by York Regional Police officers following a brief standoff at his residence in Richmond Hill. The man was lodged in cells and subsequently taken to hospital when an officer noticed swelling over the knuckles of the man’s left hand. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the man’s hand injury, likely caused when he banged his hand multiple times on the metal frame of the cell in which he was lodged.

15 October, 2019

No Grounds to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Arrest Connected to Break-and-Enter at Mississauga Mall

In the early morning hours of December 27, 2018, a 911 call was placed to Peel Regional Police (PRP) indicating that individuals were breaking into the Holt Renfrew store at the Square One Shopping Mall in Mississauga.  The men then exited the store and entered a nearby Porsche vehicle. When a responding police cruiser became involved in a collision with the Porsche, the occupants of the Porsche fled from the vehicle on foot. Both men were apprehended a short time later. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PRP officer in relation to the fractured ribs sustained by one of the men who was arrested.

15 October, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Barrie

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Barrie Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 23-year-old man during his arrest on November 12, 2018. 

15 October, 2019

SIU Investigating York Regional Police in Relation to Toronto Collision Involving Two Teenage Boys

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision early this morning in Toronto that resulted in serious injuries to a 13-year-old boy.

11 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Drowning Death of Man in Lindsay

On the evening of September 16, 2018, the Kawartha Lakes Police Service was made aware of a man behaving strangely in the area of William Street North. Officers were dispatched and they located the man in some bushes on the embankment that sloped toward the Scugog River. The man fled from the officers and entered the water. Both police and the fire department attempted to locate him. His body was found the following day in the river. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the 34-year-old man’s drowning death.

11 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Dog Bite Injuries to Man in Norfolk County

On the night of October 25, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a residence in Norfolk County after receiving a call about suspicious individuals in and around the residence. With the help of a police service dog, officers located some individuals of interest. The dog bit one of those individuals – a 23-year-old man – twice, resulting in him sustaining serious injuries. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the dog’s handler.

11 October, 2019

No Grounds to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Hamilton Dollarama

On March 23, 2018, a 46-year-old man was observed operating a vehicle in contravention of his driving prohibition. As a result, officers arrested the man in a Dollarama store. Several days later, the man was diagnosed with a fracture to a right-sided rib. The SIU was made aware of this incident in December of 2018, after being notified by the man. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s arrest.

11 October, 2019

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Injury While Lodged at Red Lake OPP Detachment

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained last month by a 31-year-old man while he was lodged in a Red Lake OPP detachment cell.

10 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Erin

On November 18, 2018, a 43-year-old man was lodged in a police cell, having been arrested for public intoxication. The following day, the man complained of pain and was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with broken ribs. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any police officer in relation to this incident.

10 October, 2019

Teenager’s Injury was Self-inflicted; SIU Discontinues Woodstock Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a September 2019 interaction between a 17-year-old male and police officers in Woodstock.

10 October, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Police Service Dog Bite Sustained by Man in Chatham

In the early morning of October 24, 2018, a 27-year-old man was arrested by Chatham-Kent Police Service officers. One of those officers used his police service dog to assist in locating the man prior to his arrest. The dog bit the man’s left thigh and right hand. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

10 October, 2019

No Grounds to Charge Officer in Relation to Construction Site Collision in Toronto Following Pursuit

In the early morning hours of September 19, 2018, a vehicle that was being pursued by a Toronto Police Service officer crashed at a construction site in Toronto. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the multiple fractures sustained by two women who were in the vehicle that was involved in the collision.

9 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Interaction with Woman at Guelph Police Station

Following her May 2019 arrest for having breached a condition of her conditional sentence, a 39-year-old woman was in the process of being booked at the police station in Guelph when she objected to having a diamond ring removed from her finger. Officers managed to get the ring off, and the woman was lodged in a cell. Later that day, paramedics were called to examine the woman after she complained about pain in her ring finger. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this case.

9 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Apprehension of Man in Windsor

In the evening hours of December 22, 2018, a 42-year-old man was apprehended under the Mental Health Act by Windsor Police Service officers. In the course of his apprehension, the man suffered a fracture to his clavicle. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any police officer in relation to this incident.

9 October, 2019

No Charges to Issues in Relation to Toronto Police-Involved Shooting

On November 21, 2018, a 23-year-old man was struck multiple times by gunfire as Toronto Police Service officers attempted to execute a search warrant for his vehicle. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer who discharged his firearm, inflicting serious injuries on the man.

9 October, 2019

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Etobicoke

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting that occurred earlier today in Etobicoke.

8 October, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Officer in Guelph Committed a Criminal Offence in Connection with Man’s Arrest

In the early morning hours of December 12, 2018, a 47-year-old man broke his nose in the course of his arrest by a Guelph Police Service officer. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s arrest and injury.

8 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Vanier Collision

On December 30, 2018, a 39-year-old man crashed his vehicle into a home on Jean Talon Street in Vanier, suffering fractured ribs in the process. Moments prior to the collision, an Ottawa Police Service officer had attempted to pull him over. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to this incident.

8 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Two Men After Being Struck by a Police Cruiser in Waterloo

In the early morning hours of April 20, 2019, police received a 911 call reporting that gunshots had been heard in the area of King Street North and Hickory Street West in Waterloo, and that people were fighting. A Waterloo Regional Police Service officer traveling on King Street came upon two individuals on the roadway and struck them with the front of his cruiser. Notwithstanding the serious injuries sustained by the individuals, the Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, is unable to reasonably conclude that the officer committed a criminal offence.

7 October, 2019

No Charges to Issues Against Officer in Relation to Shooting Death of Woman in Hamilton

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Hamilton Police Service officer in relation to the shooting death of a 30-year-old woman in October of 2018.

7 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Vaughan

Shortly after 9 p.m. on November 4, 2018, York Regional Police officers pulled over a vehicle as the driver’s licence was under suspension and there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Soon after the 56-year-old man exited the vehicle, a struggle ensued between him and officers. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any police officer in relation to the fractured nose the man was diagnosed with following his arrest.

7 October, 2019

Man in Pickering Injured after he Jumped from Footbridge to Rocks Below; SIU Closes File

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injuries sustained last month in Pickering by a 37-year-old man.

4 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from Highway 401 Overpass to Don Valley Golf Course

In the early morning hours of September 18, 2018, a 36-year-old man jumped from the Highway 401 overpass onto the Don Valley Golf Course below, suffering fatal injuries in the process. Moments prior to the fall, an OPP officer had been speaking to the man attempting to get him safely off the highway.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s death.

4 October, 2019

Officer in Elliot Lake Neither Caused nor Contributed to Man’s Self-inflicted Injury; No Charges to Issue

On October 2, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer in Elliot Lake located a 44-year-old man who was wanted for several offences, including break and enter. When the officer attempted to apprehend the man, the man fled. Other officers arrived and they located him – in pain – at a nearby residence. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

4 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Collingwood Interaction

In the morning hours of October 8, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers attended an apartment building in Collingwood to check on the well-being of a 30-year-old man. The man refused them entry into his room and told them he was armed with knives. As two officers used a firetruck’s aerial bucket to get to the man’s bedroom window, other officers entered the bedroom using a battering ram. CEW and ARWEN discharges failed, and the man jumped through the window towards the aerial bucket. The officers in the bucket grabbed the man to prevent him from falling, but they could not get a firm grip and the man fell to the ground. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.  

3 October, 2019

SIU Discontinues Brantford Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 37-year-old man in April of 2019 by a Brantford Police Service (BPS) officer. The SIU was made aware of the incident by the police service on August 7, 2019.

3 October, 2019

SIU Charges Toronto Police Service Officer with Assault Causing Bodily Harm

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an interaction with a 36-year-old man in May of 2019. As a result, Interim Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

3 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Youth in London

In the afternoon hours of October 23, 2018, London Police Service officers were called to a group home in relation to a 17-year-old male committing a weapons offence. During the course of his arrest, the youth suffered injuries. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an officer in relation to the incident.

2 October, 2019

SIU Investigating After Man Enters Lake Nipissing and Goes Missing

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred yesterday evening in North Bay.

2 October, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Fall from Burgoyne Bridge

In the early morning hours of November 5, 2018, Niagara Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to the Burgoyne Bridge after receiving reports of an individual who was threatening to jump from the bridge. When the first officer arrived at the scene, an 18-year-old female ran away, and the officer gave chase. When the female climbed over the bridge railing, the officer grabbed her to prevent her from falling. After a brief struggle, the female was able to push herself away from the officer, falling to a grassy area below. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the woman’s fall.  

1 October, 2019

SIU Finds Force Used by Toronto Police Service Officer to be Legally Justified

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 28-year-old man while in the custody of police in October of 2018.

1 October, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against London Police Service Officer in Relation to Woman’s Jump from Deck

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a London Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 22-year-old woman in November of 2018. The woman was injured when – in the presence of the officer – she jumped from her home’s deck to the ground three metres below.  

September

26 September, 2019

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Brampton Arrest

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 25-year-old man in March of 2019. As a result, Interim Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

26 September, 2019

SIU Discontinues St. Thomas Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between St. Thomas Police Service officers and a 24-year-old woman.

26 September, 2019

SIU Discontinues Toronto Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 42-year-old man earlier this month in Toronto.

25 September, 2019

SIU Investigating Collision in Matheson

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision yesterday in Matheson that resulted in injuries to a 28-year-old man.

25 September, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation Man’s Death in London

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a London Police Service officer in relation to the death of a 55-year-old man in October of 2018.

23 September, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to King City Motorcycle Collision

On September 19, 2018, a York Regional Police officer was performing speed enforcement in the area of Weston Road and Laskay Lane when he clocked a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Weston Road. When the officer attempted to stop the 51-year-old female operator of the motorcycle, the woman lost control of the motorcycle and she landed on the roadway. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the woman.

23 September, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Charge Officer in Relation to Ottawa Collision Involving E-bike

On September 17, 2018, a 75-year-old man was riding his E-Bike when he was struck by a vehicle in the intersection of St. Laurent Boulevard and Donald Street in Ottawa. At the time of the collision, a paid-duty officer with the Ottawa Police Service was directing traffic. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the E-bike rider. 

23 September, 2019

Officers Acted in Pursuit of the Protection and Preservation of Life; No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Falling Death in Toronto

On the evening of September 29, 2018, a 28-year-old woman died after falling several floors from the balcony of her Toronto condominium unit. Two Toronto Police Service officers were in and around the balcony at the time of the fall. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officers in relation to the woman’s death.  

20 September, 2019

SIU Determines Force Used by Officer During Arrest of Man in Grimsby was Justified

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Niagara Regional Police Service officer in relation to the injuries sustained by a 55-year-old man during his arrest in September of 2018.

19 September, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Mississauga

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Peel Regional Police officer in relation to the arrest of a 35-year-old man in July of 2017. The SIU was made aware of the incident in June of 2018 after being notified by the man.

19 September, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Self-inflicted Death in Garson

In the evening hours of September 12, 2018, police officers with the Greater Sudbury Police Service responded to a residence in Garson where a standoff was engaged with a 63-year-old man who had earlier shot his wife. Barrie Police Service officers later attended the scene after their assistance was requested. When officers entered the home, they located the man in a bedroom and deceased from a gunshot wound to the head. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s death.

17 September, 2019

SIU Finds no Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Mississauga

In the evening hours of July 29, 2018, a 24-year-old man was arrested by Peel Regional Police officers and suffered injuries in the process. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this incident.

17 September, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto

On the evening of October 31, 2018, Toronto Police Service officers arrested a 48-year-old man in the parking lot of a motel on Kingston Road. Following his arrest, the man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a number of injuries, including fractures of his vertebrae. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this incident.

17 September, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Vehicle Collision in New Tecumseth

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision in New Tecumseth.

16 September, 2019

SIU Investigating Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer on Highway 410 in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting that occurred early this morning in Brampton.

14 September, 2019

Update: SIU Identifies Man who Died in Kingston

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is releasing the name of the man who died on September 12, 2019 following an interaction with Kingston Police officers.

13 September, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Woman at Home in Barry’s Bay

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer in relation to the elbow fracture sustained by a 51-year-old woman during the course of her August 2018 arrest.

13 September, 2019

No Grounds to Charge Officer in Connection with Fatal Jump from Burgoyne Bridge

In the evening of October 4, 2018, Niagara Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to the Burgoyne Bridge after being notified that a 19-year-old male had threatened to jump from the bridge. When an officer attempted to apprehend the male, he pulled away and jumped to Highway 406 below. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to this fatal incident.

13 September, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Bath

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer in relation to the arrest of a 59-year-old man in Bath in July of 2018. Following the arrest, the man complained of difficulty breathing and was taken to hospital where he was subsequently treated for a life-threatening condition.

12 September, 2019

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Kingston

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 22-year-old man earlier today in Kingston.

11 September, 2019

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Malton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old man last night in Malton.

11 September, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Arrest

In the early morning of August 26, 2018, a 28-year-old man suffered nasal fractures in the course of his arrest by Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in relation to the injuries sustained by the man.  

11 September, 2019

SIU Discontinues St. Catharines Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 68-year-old man last month in St. Catharines.

9 September, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Woman’s Fall from Bloor Street Overpass at Highway 427

In the morning hours of August 6, 2018, a 26-year-old woman jumped from the Bloor Street overpass at Highway 427 and landed in the northbound lanes of the roadway. She suffered multiple fractures as a result of the fall. Several hours before the incident, the woman had been at the hospital waiting to be assessed in relation to her mental health, with two Toronto Police Service officers present. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any of the officers in relation to this incident.

6 September, 2019

Man Dies after Fall from Overpass in Mississauga; SIU Investigating

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 27-year-old man this morning in Mississauga.

6 September, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Bradford Collision that Resulted in Injuries to Four Men

On July 24, 2018, a pickup truck and an SUV were involved in a collision in the area of Highway 88 and 10 Sideroad, resulting in serious injuries to the pickup truck driver and three occupants from the SUV.  Just prior to the collision, a South Simcoe Police Service officer had been in pursuit of the SUV.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

6 September, 2019

Man’s Injury in Cell was Self-Inflicted; SIU Discontinues Brantford Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 21-year-old man last month while in a Brantford courthouse cell.

5 September, 2019

SIU Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Arrest of Man in Mississauga

On July 7, 2018, a 55-year-old man suffered fractures to several vertebrae in his neck in the course of his arrest in Mississauga. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Peel Regional Police officer in relation to the man’s injuries.

5 September, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against Officers in Relation to Man’s Self-inflicted Death in Sturgeon Falls

Just after 8 p.m. on August 26, 2018, 911 calls were made to police reporting that a 46-year-old man had shot a man and woman in Sturgeon Falls. West Nipissing Police Service officers responded, as did Specialized OPP teams. Several hours later, OPP personnel located the 46-year-old man’s lifeless body. He had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to the man’s death.

4 September, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Toronto Arrest of Woman

In the evening hours of August 19, 2018, a 34-year-old woman was arrested in her home by Toronto Police Service officers. Following her arrest, the woman was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a fracture to her left elbow. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an officer who had hold of the woman’s left arm during her arrest and may have caused or contributed to the injury.

4 September, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Arrest of Man in St. Thomas

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a St. Thomas Police Service officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by a 36-year-old man at the time of his arrest in August of 2018.

3 September, 2019

SIU Investigating Windsor Collision Between Police Cruiser and Mobility Scooter

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision yesterday in Windsor that resulted in injuries to an 87-year-old man.

3 September, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against Ottawa Police Service Officer in Relation to Arrest of Teenager

In the evening hours of July 21, 2018, a 16-year-old female was arrested inside her home by Ottawa Police Service officers following a brief physical confrontation with one of the officers. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the fractured left clavicle sustained by the teenager.  

3 September, 2019

SIU Determines CEW Discharges were Reasonably Necessary to Arrest Man in Toronto who had Assaulted and Made Threats to Others

In the evening of August 1, 2018, Toronto Police Service officers responded to a restaurant for a report of a man who had assaulted an individual, made threats to other individuals and possibly possessed a knife. When the man would not cooperate with officers, two officers discharged their conducted energy weapons. The second discharge caused the man to fall down a flight of stairs. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man.

August

28 August, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Officer in Oshawa Committed a Criminal Offence in Connection with Man’s Detention

On August 11, 2018, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers were dispatched to a pub from where a man had been ejected. It was reported that he had a knife. Officers located the 53-year-old man, and he immediately complied. The man was handcuffed and then searched, but no knife was located. He was released. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a DRPS officer in relation to the fractured left wrist sustained by the man.

28 August, 2019

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Man’s Arrest in North Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to the arrest of a 59-year-old man last week in North Bay.

25 August, 2019

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man today in Mississauga.

23 August, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Etobicoke Motorcycle Collision

In the early evening hours of July 3, 2018, a 27-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in the vicinity of The East Mall and Rathburn Road. At the time of the collision, a Toronto Police Service officer had been pursuing the motorcycle. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man.

21 August, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Man in St. Catharines When a Police Service Dog Bit Him

On July 21, 2018, a 27-year-old man suffered injuries in the course of his arrest by Niagara Regional Police Service officers when a police service dog bit him in the face and neck area. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the dog’s handler in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man.

20 August, 2019

SIU Discontinues Markham Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 35-year-old man last month in Markham after he fled from police officers.

20 August, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Collision Between Vehicle and Cruiser on Highway 401 in Mississauga

On the morning of June 29, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers had blocked a portion of Highway 401 to ward off traffic from the scene of an accident a short distance west of the block. A 64-year-old man was traveling in one of the middle lanes of the express portion of Highway 401 when he came upon the road block. The man braked but was unable to avoid striking the rear portion of a stationary cruiser. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the driver of the civilian vehicle.

19 August, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Apprehension of Man in Newmarket

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a York Regional Police officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by a 55-year-old man in the course of his July 2018 apprehension by police.

16 August, 2019

Collision in Markham Occurred Between Two Civilian Vehicles while Police Officers were Directing Traffic; No Basis to Lay Charges

On August 3, 2018, a 73-year-old woman was driving her minivan southbound on Kennedy Road in Markham when she travelled into the intersection with Major Mackenzie Drive East and collided with a westbound vehicle.  Two York Regional Police paid duty officers were in the intersection at the time. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the subject officer in this case. 

16 August, 2019

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Man in Ottawa

In the early morning hours of July 13, 2018, a 64-year-old man suffered a fracture to his left fibula in the course of his arrest by Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPS officer in relation to this case.

16 August, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Collision in Welland

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision today in Welland.

13 August, 2019

SIU Investigating Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting that occurred today in Mississauga.

13 August, 2019

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Vaughan

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting that occurred tonight in Vaughan.

12 August, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Sudbury’s Hnatyshyn Park

On August 7, 2018, a 37-year-old man sustained a facial fracture in the course of his arrest by a Greater Sudbury Police Service officer. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

9 August, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Charge Officer in Relation to Huntsville Arrest

On July 16, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer arrested a 69-year-old man in the parking lot of a retail plaza in Huntsville. The man suffered three rib fractures in the process. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

9 August, 2019

Police Vehicle Made Contact with Man Who Was Lying Across London Roadway; No Basis to Lay Charges

Just after midnight on September 2, 2018, a 20-year-old man lay down on Leroy Avenue in London. A London Police Service officer was traveling east along Leroy Avenue when the right front tire of his vehicle made contact with the man. The officer felt the impact and arranged for an ambulance to attend the scene. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case. 

9 August, 2019

SIU Discontinues Windsor Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between police officers and a 41-year-old man riding a bicycle.

8 August, 2019

SIU Lays Charges Against Ottawa Police Service Officer

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer committed criminal offences in relation to the arrest of a man in May of 2018. Interim Director Martino has caused charges to be laid against the officer.  

8 August, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Falling Injuries Sustained by Man in Hamilton

In the morning of July 13, 2018, a 22-year-old man jumped from the Upper Gage Avenue overpass onto the Lincoln Alexander Parkway below, sustaining serious injuries in the process. Hamilton Police Service officers were present with the man for several minutes on the bridge before he jumped. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this incident.

7 August, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Chatham

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 35-year-old man yesterday in Chatham.

7 August, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Fatal Motorcycle Collision

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 28-year-old man in June of 2019.

2 August, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe a Criminal Offence was Committed in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Belleville

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Belleville Police Service in relation to the September 2018 arrest of a 37-year-old man.

2 August, 2019

SIU Investigating Incident in London after Man Sets Self on Fire

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 48-year-old man earlier today in London.

July

31 July, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Oshawa Collision that Led to Woman Sustaining Serious Injury

On May 28, 2018, a 26-year-old woman suffered a broken shoulder when her vehicle was struck by a van being pursued by Durham Regional Police Service officers.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this incident.

31 July, 2019

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting injuries sustained by a 48-year-old man today in Brantford.

29 July, 2019

SIU Investigating Collision in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 9-year-old girl and a 27-year-old woman yesterday in London.

29 July, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Arrest of Man in Oshawa

On March 20, 2018, a 37-year-old man was arrested in Oshawa by the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) for failing to provide a breath sample. During his booking, the man was grounded by a special constable, restrained by multiple members of the DRPS and kneed twice in the right side by an officer. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in connection with the serious injuries sustained by the man.

29 July, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Charge Officer in Relation to Brampton Collision

On the morning of May 6, 2019, a civilian vehicle was involved in a motor vehicle collision with a Peel Regional Police cruiser in Brampton. The civilian driver and her son sustained injuries. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to this incident.

25 July, 2019

SIU Closes File into Brockville Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 31-year-old man last month by Brockville Police Service (BPS) officers.

25 July, 2019

Officers Did Not Cause or Contribute to Man’s Falling Injuries; SIU Terminates North Bay Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 54-year-old man last month in North Bay.

24 July, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Peterborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of 27-year-old Billy Shea last night in Peterborough. Mr. Shea’s family gave consent for the SIU to release his name.

24 July, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Windsor Arrest

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 36-year-old man last month in Windsor.

23 July, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Man’s Death in Port Stanley

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Elgin County OPP officer in relation to the death of a 28-year-old man in June of 2018.

23 July, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Kingston

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 52-year-old man in Kingston earlier today.

22 July, 2019

Man Seated in Parked Police Vehicle was Injured When Vehicle was Rear-ended; No Reasonable Grounds to Charge Officer in Relation to Vaughan Collision

On the morning of January 10, 2019, a York Regional Police officer stopped a van on Highway 407 to charge the driver with stunt driving and speeding. As the officer prepared his tickets, the man was seated in the backseat of the police vehicle. Shortly after, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the police vehicle. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man who was in the police vehicle.

19 July, 2019

No Grounds to Proceed with Charges Against Officer in Relation to Arrest of Man in Port Elgin

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Saugeen Shores Police Service officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by a 46-year-old man during his arrest in December of 2018.

19 July, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against Officer After Man in Chatham Struck by Police Cruiser

On November 15, 2018, a Chatham-Kent Police Service officer in a marked cruiser pursued a man who was riding a bicycle. In the rear parking lot of an apartment building, the officer lost control of the vehicle and the man was struck. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the 28-year-old man.

19 July, 2019

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Man’s Arrest in Lindsay Recreation Complex Parking Lot

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to the arrest of a 75-year-old man earlier this month in Lindsay.

18 July, 2019

Fraudulent Calls Using SIU Phone Number

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has recently become aware of a group using the SIU’s toll free number to make fraudulent calls. The call appears to be coming from 1-800-787-8529. In some cases, the person is told that there is something wrong with their Social Insurance Number, and that if they don’t continue with the call by pressing ‘1’ or ‘2’, the person will be charged or jailed.

17 July, 2019

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man at Toronto Hotel

In the early morning hours of December 25, 2017, Toronto Police Service officers responded to a Toronto hotel following a complaint of a disturbance involving a man and a woman in a unit. The man was arrested by officers following a physical struggle. He suffered injuries in the process. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the man’s arrest. The SIU was only made aware of the altercation in March of 2019, when the man notified the Unit.

17 July, 2019

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Apprehension of Woman in Kitchener

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between a 23-year-old woman and officers with the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS). 

11 July, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Long-term Care Home

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on July 1, 2018, a 74-year-old woman was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers in the long-term care home at which she was a resident. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in connection with the arrest and a fractured wrist the woman may have suffered in and around that time.

11 July, 2019

SIU Closes File Related to Firearm Discharge by Officer in Mississauga

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation that looked into the May discharge of a firearm by a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer in Mississauga.

10 July, 2019

Man Caused Harm to Himself Prior to the Arrival of Police; SIU Discontinues Hamilton Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the hospitalization of a 34-year-old man last month in Hamilton.

10 July, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Collision Near Brockville

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a collision that occurred last month near Brockville.

10 July, 2019

Man’s Fractured Neck a Result of Vehicle Collision; SIU Terminates Investigation into London Arrest

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 37-year-old man last month in London.

9 July, 2019

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Police-Involved Shooting of Man in Smithville

On December 21, 2018, a 46-year-old man was shot multiple times by a Niagara Regional Police Service officer in Smithville. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man.

9 July, 2019

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Guelph Police Service Officer

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against a Guelph Police Service officer in relation to an incident that occurred earlier this year.

7 July, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Multi-Vehicle Collision in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a fatal collision that occurred this afternoon in Ottawa. Two people died at the scene and two others sustained injuries.

4 July, 2019

SIU Terminates Oshawa Investigation Due to No Serious Injury Sustained

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the April 2019 arrest of a 35-year-old man in Oshawa.

4 July, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Ottawa Collision

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a collision that occurred in Ottawa last month.

3 July, 2019

OPP Officer in Thunder Bay Charged with Sexual Assault

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in the early 2000’s.  

2 July, 2019

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Injury Sustained by Man While in Brampton Courthouse Cell

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained in April by a 29-year-old man.

2 July, 2019

SIU Terminates London Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained earlier this month by a 38-year-old man in London.

June

29 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Collision in Whitby

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a fatal collision that occurred today in Whitby.

27 June, 2019

SIU Releases 2018 Annual Report

Today, the province’s Special Investigations Unit released its 2018 Annual Report. The Report provides an overview of the SIU’s key initiatives, investigation statistics, significant cases handled by the Unit over the past year and financial information. 

27 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Collision in Niagara Falls

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a collision that occurred this afternoon in Niagara Falls.

26 June, 2019

SIU Discontinues Newmarket Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest earlier this month of a 20-year-old man in Newmarket.

25 June, 2019

Man Lodged in Collingwood OPP Cell Declines Release of Medical Records; SIU Terminates Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 41-year-old man earlier this month while he was in the Collingwood detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cell.

25 June, 2019

Man’s Injury in Kitchener Police Station Cell was Self-inflicted; SIU Closes File

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained earlier this month by a man while he was lodged in a Waterloo Regional Police Service cell.

25 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 21-year-old man tonight in Scarborough.

24 June, 2019

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Ottawa

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Ottawa Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 32-year-old man in June of 2018.

24 June, 2019

Unable to Confirm Serious Injury, SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Arrest in Toronto

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the December 2018 interaction between a 35-year-old man and Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers.

24 June, 2019

SIU Discontinues Hamilton Investigation as No Serious Injury Sustained

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Hamilton between Hamilton Police Service officers and a 38-year-old man.

23 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death last night of a man when the vehicle he was operating was struck by a vehicle being investigated by Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers.

21 June, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Toronto Collision

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by a 36-year-old man in June of 2018 when the vehicle he was in was involved in a collision. Shortly before the collision, police had been pursing the vehicle.

21 June, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Arrest of Man at Ottawa Gym

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ottawa Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by an 18-year-old male in May of 2018 during an interaction with police.

20 June, 2019

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Caledonia Motorcycle Collision

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by a 39-year-old man who was involved in a motorcycle collision in June of 2018. Shortly before the collision, the Haldimand County detachment OPP officer had been pursing the motorcycle.

20 June, 2019

No Criminal Offence Committed in Relation to Woman’s Injury in Kitchener

On June 5, 2018, a 21-year-old woman fractured her leg when she tried to evade police officers in Kitchener by jumping into a utility trailer being towed by a moving vehicle. Prior to the woman jumping into the trailer, two Waterloo Regional Police Service officers had been pursuing the woman on foot. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against either officer in relation to this incident.

20 June, 2019

SIU Terminates Gananoque Death Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 63-year-old woman in Gananoque. 

19 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Arrest in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a man last night in Toronto.

19 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Kenora

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 35-year-old man in Kenora last week.

15 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Tecumseh

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 48-year-old man last night in Tecumseh.

14 June, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Falling Death of Man in Scarborough

On the morning of May 3, 2019, a 69-year-old man died as the result of massive injuries he suffered when he fell from the Highway 401 overpass at Kennedy Road. Prior to his fall, an Ontario Provincial Police officer was on the same overpass, attempting to talk the man away from the edge of the bridge. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

14 June, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Officer Committed Criminal Offence in Connection with Death of Motorcyclist on Highway 401 in Toronto

On the evening of October 28, 2018, a motorcyclist crashed head on with another vehicle on the westbound on-ramp to Highway 401 from southbound Leslie Street. The Complainant died as the result of the trauma sustained in the collision. Moments prior, a Toronto Police Service officer had pursued the motorcyclist in his marked cruiser. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s death.

12 June, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to London Motorcycle Collision

On May 25, 2018, a man suffered serious injuries in London when he crashed the motorcycle he was operating. Prior to the collision, a London Police Service officer had observed the man and followed him in his cruiser. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

12 June, 2019

SIU Investigating after Civilian Vehicle and Police Vehicle Involved in Collision in Thunder Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred yesterday in Thunder Bay.

12 June, 2019

SIU Appealing for Potential Shooting Victim in Mississauga to Come Forward

At approximately 3 p.m. on May 25, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to Marmac Road in Mississauga after determining that a vehicle that had been reported stolen was in that area. While police were investigating, a man entered the vehicle and began to operate it.  Shortly thereafter, an officer discharged his firearm multiple times resulting in the vehicle’s windshield being struck. The vehicle fled until it became involved in a collision on Pettigrew Crescent. The man exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

10 June, 2019

SIU Terminates Mississauga Arrest Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 29-year-old man in Mississauga.

10 June, 2019

Man Sustained Injury after Punching Cell Door; SIU Discontinues Brantford Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 41-year-old man last month in Brantford while he was lodged in a police station cell.

6 June, 2019

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Shooting Death of Man at Burlington Gas Station

On September 22, 2018, Halton Regional Police Service officers and Ontario Provincial Police officers attended a gas station in Burlington with the belief that a man who had fled a collision scene was there. When officers located the man inside the gas station’s washroom, they asked him to exit but he refused. An exchange of gunfire ensued, and the man was killed. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

6 June, 2019

Police Officer Conducted Himself Judiciously; No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Fatal Jump from Toronto Apartment Balcony

On May 20, 2018, a 28-year-old woman jumped to her death from the balcony of her 14th floor apartment in Toronto. Prior to the woman’s fall, a Toronto Police Service officer had been engaged in conversation with the woman from the hallway outside her door. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the woman’s death.

5 June, 2019

No reasonable grounds to Believe Police Officers in Ottawa Committed a Criminal Offense in Relation to Arrest of Man

In the evening of May 5, 2018, a 22-year-old man was arrested by members of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) for drug trafficking.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPS officer in relation to the concussion the man was diagnosed with day later.

5 June, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest of Man at Kingston Motel

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a man in Kingston.

5 June, 2019

No Basis to Lay Criminal Charges Against Officer in Relation to Highway 407 Collision with Pickup Truck

In the morning of April 17, 2018, a Toronto Police Service officer was traveling along Highway 407 when he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to slide into a pickup truck. The impact forced the pickup truck off the roadway, over the guardrail and down a hill toward railroad tracks, where it came to rest. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the 69-year-old driver of the pickup truck.

4 June, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Fatal Fall from Overpass in Waterloo

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 40-year-old man today in Waterloo.

May

31 May, 2019

Man in Markham was Struck by Police Vehicle When he Suddenly Ran into Roadway; Charges not Warranted

On the afternoon of February 26, 2018, York Regional Police officers were conducting surveillance in Markham in relation to distraction thefts from motor vehicles. As a result of the surveillance, the decision was made to arrest a number of individuals. In the process, one of those individuals, a 40-year-old man, was struck by an unmarked police vehicle. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s death.

31 May, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Burlington

In the early morning hours of June 3, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers were conducting a RIDE spot check program in the area of the westbound ramp from Fairview Street/Plains Road to the southbound QEW. While an officer was dealing with a vehicle driver who had been directed to provide a breath sample, the passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to disrupt the test. The passenger was eventually arrested and placed into a police vehicle. When an officer closed the door to the police vehicle, the man sustained an injury to his left foot. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

30 May, 2019

SIU Discontinues Investigation Connected to Fatal Stabbing in Brampton

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a man earlier this month in Brampton.

30 May, 2019

SIU Investigating Woman’s Death in Gananoque

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 63-year-old woman in Gananoque last week.

30 May, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against Police Officer in Relation to Burlington Arrest

Shortly before midnight on March 14, 2018, Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) officers were dispatched to downtown Burlington because a man reportedly knifed a vehicle. Officers located the 32-year-old man, but he fled on foot after identifying himself. The officers pursued the man and he was arrested. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a HRPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

29 May, 2019

SIU Determines No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Toronto Arrest

In the late afternoon hours of September 18, 2017, a man was arrested by Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers outside his residence. The man suffered injuries during his arrest and was taken to the hospital, where he was confirmed to have fractured three right side ribs. The SIU became aware of the incident in April of 2018. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in this case.

29 May, 2019

No Grounds to Charge OPP Officers in Relation to Man’s Self-inflicted Death in Perth East

Around 5 p.m. on April 14, 2018, several Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers attended an address in the Township of Perth East following a call reporting that the homeowner was armed and dangerous. Several hours later, and after numerous attempts made to negotiate with the man, the man shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPP officer in relation to the man’s death. 

29 May, 2019

SIU Investigating Weekend Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a shooting that occurred on Saturday in Mississauga.

27 May, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Hawkesbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old man earlier this month in Hawkesbury.

24 May, 2019

SIU Finds Charges Not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Timmins

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Timmins Police Service officer in relation to the arrest of a 20-year-old man in June of 2018. The man was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured clavicle.

24 May, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against Police Officer in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto

In the afternoon hours of May 11, 2018, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers attended a residence on Brentcliffe Road in Toronto to assist with the seizure of a dog. Soon after the dog had been removed from the premises, there was an interaction between officers and the dog’s owner. The owner was arrested and then taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken forearm. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in relation to this incident. 

24 May, 2019

Injury Sustained During Suicide Attempt in Cell; SIU Terminates Hamilton Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated the investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 30-year-old man last month in Hamilton.

23 May, 2019

SIU Determines Strike to Man’s Wrist with Baton was Reasonably Necessary; No Charges to Issue in Kanata Case

On April 24, 2018, a man sustained a fracture to his wrist in the course of his apprehension and arrest after breaking into a garage in Kanata. While Interim Director Joseph Martino believed the man was injured when he was struck with a police baton, this did not constitute a criminal offence. As such, Interim Director Martino has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ottawa Police Service officer. 

23 May, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Scarborough Arrest

On April 26, 2018, a 23-year-old man was diagnosed with a fractured left arm after he was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers for assaulting a Starbucks’ employee in Scarborough. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any police officer in relation to their interaction with the man. 

23 May, 2019

Criminal Charges Not Warranted in Relation to Chatham-Kent Interaction

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Chatham-Kent Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 17-year-old male during his arrest in May of 2018. 

17 May, 2019

SIU Terminates Peel Region Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a complaint that was brought forward to the Unit by a 21-year-old man on May 1, 2019.

17 May, 2019

Injury in OPP Leamington Detachment Cell Self-Inflicted; SIU Discontinues Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 25-year-old man while he was lodged in an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cell.

16 May, 2019

SIU Terminates Mississauga Arrest Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 44-year-old woman last month in Mississauga.

13 May, 2019

Force Used by Officers Against Wanted Man in Vaughan was Legally Justified; No Charges to Issue

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a York Regional Police officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 40-year-old man in May of 2018 during his arrest on a number of outstanding warrants. 

10 May, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Peterborough Arrest

On April 28, 2018, shortly after 2 a.m., a police officer stopped a vehicle and arrested the driver for impaired driving. When the vehicle passenger exited the vehicle and began to handle property seized from the driver that was on the hood of the vehicle, the officer directed him to stop what he was doing. The man refused and became belligerent. The officer arrested the man for public intoxication and obstruction, and in the process took him to the ground. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the 32-year-old man. 

10 May, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Fatal Fall From 14th Floor of Toronto Apartment Building

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 61-year-old man yesterday in Toronto.

9 May, 2019

Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping Over Fence; SIU Terminates Brantford Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated the investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 27-year-old man last month in Brantford.

8 May, 2019

SIU Terminates Mapleton Collision Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 25-year-old man in February of 2019 when the vehicle he was operating was involved in a collision.

8 May, 2019

SIU Discontinues Toronto Investigation into Falling Injuries Sustained by Man

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injuries sustained last month by a 45-year-old man after he fell from an apartment balcony in Toronto.

7 May, 2019

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the September 2016 arrest of a 31-year-old man in Toronto. The SIU was notified of this incident in December of 2018 by the man’s lawyer.

7 May, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Motorcycle Crash in Guelph

In the evening of May 21, 2018, a Guelph Police Service officer activated his emergency lighting system and attempted to stop a motorcycle in order to determine whether or not it was a motorcycle that had been reported stolen. Rather than stopping, the man sped off. At the intersection of Brant and Delaware Avenues, the man lost control of the motorcycle, causing it to slip out from under him. He then slid across the roadway and struck the opposite curb. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer who had been investigating the motorcycle. 

7 May, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Police Pursuit that Preceded Collision in London

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a London Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by an 18-year-old male when the vehicle he was operating slammed into a tree in June of 2018. The LPS officer had been engaged in a brief pursuit of the vehicle just prior to the collision. 

6 May, 2019

Force Used Against Man in Kingston Deemed to be Reasonably Necessary; No Charges to Issue

On September 7, 2018, the Kingston Police (KP) Drug Unit conducted surveillance on two individuals and believed they were trafficking fentanyl. When a KP officer initiated a traffic stop on the truck they were in, the driver tried to flee but collided with three unmarked police vehicles. Both men were arrested. When taken to hospital, one of the men was diagnosed with a fractured scapula. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any KP officer in relation to the arrest on this date.

6 May, 2019

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Relation to Man’s Treatment at North Bay Police Station

At approximately 6:40 p.m. on May 24, 2018, North Bay Police Service officesr responded to the Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing to assist with a client. The client – a 43-year-old man - was arrested and transported to the police station.  Once at the station, he was initially lodged in a cell, but was transported to the hospital the following morning as he was complaining about rib pain.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

4 May, 2019

SIU Investigating After Man Falls to Death in North York

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man earlier today in North York.

3 May, 2019

Brantford: No Charges to Issue after Police Cruiser Ran Over Man who - Unbeknownst to Officer – was Lying in Front of Vehicle

On May 19, 2018, a Brantford Police Service (BPS) officer responded to a radio call to attend a residence on Market Street for a possible domestic dispute.  While the officer was inside the residence responding to the call, unbeknownst to him, a 25-year-old man, who had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol and who suffered from mental health issues, approached the officer’s police vehicle and lay down on the roadway in front of it.  The officer returned to his police vehicle at approximately 1:50 a.m. and put the vehicle in motion, pinning the man underneath it. A tow truck removed the police vehicle, allowing the man to crawl out. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man.

3 May, 2019

SIU Investigating Falling Death of Man in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man this morning in Scarborough.

2 May, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Incident in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred last night in Brampton.

2 May, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Incident in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred last night in Brampton.

April

28 April, 2019

UPDATE: Man Who Sustained Gunshot Wound in Cambridge has Died

A 39-year-old man who was being investigated yesterday by the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) has died. He was pronounced dead in hospital today at 10:33 a.m. At the request of next of kin, the Unit is not releasing the man’s identity at this time. This is in accordance with the SIU’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin.

27 April, 2019

SIU Investigating after Man in Cambridge Sustains Gunshot Wound

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 39-year-old man today in Cambridge.

26 April, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in North Bay

On the morning of February 22, 2018, North Bay Police Service officers attended a residence in relation to a domestic matter. Soon after entering the home, the officers became involved in a physical struggle with a man as they attempted to subdue him. After several minutes of attempting to grapple the man into submission, one officer deployed his CEW but this had no discernible effect. In time, the officers were finally able to gain control of the man who was believed to be suffering from a drug-induced psychosis. While waiting for an ambulance, the man’s breathing began to fail and as such, officers began to administer CPR. The paramedics took charge of the man’s treatment and eventually transported him to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s death.

26 April, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Greater Sudbury Collision that Resulted in Death of One Man and Serious Injuries to Another

Shortly before midnight on January 15, 2019, in the area of Municipal Road 80 and Valleyview Road in Greater Sudbury, an Audi vehicle collided with a Mitsubishi Lancer, resulting in serious injuries to both drivers. Just prior to the collision, a Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) officer had been engaged in a brief attempt to pursue the Audi. On January 19, 2019, the Audi driver passed away when he was removed from life support at the hospital. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a GSPS officer in relation to this incident.

25 April, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Death of Man in Hamilton

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Hamilton Police Service officer in relation to the death of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was shot by another individual on December 2, 2017. Given allegations in the media at the time regarding the actions of first responders at the scene, including police, the SIU launched an investigation into this incident following preliminary inquiries.

25 April, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Fatal Shooting in Scarborough

Shortly after midnight on June 7, 2018, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers responded to a Scarborough pub after an off-duty officer reported that a man in the pub was in possession of a firearm. Officers located the man sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. The officers approached the vehicle, ordering commands for the man to get out of the car. The man ignored the commands and, when one of the officers opened the driver’s side door, the man pulled out a handgun. There was an exchange of gunfire, and the man was struck. Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the man’s death.

20 April, 2019

SIU Investigating After Two Men Struck by Police Cruiser in Waterloo

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained early this morning by two men in Waterloo when they were struck by a Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) cruiser.

18 April, 2019

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Death in Clarksburg

On the night of January 29, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers arrived at a residence in Clarksburg following information that a 57-year-old man was armed with a firearm and intending to possibly harm himself. Over the course of several hours, various efforts were made to contact the man from outside the home, but to no avail. When the Tactical Response Unit gained entry into the home’s garage, they found the man deceased. He had shot himself.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to the man’s death.

17 April, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Falling Death of Man in Toronto

On May 27, 2018, several officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) attended a building located on Yonge Street after receiving a report of a man on the rooftop of the seven story building. Officers went out onto the roof where they saw the man sitting on a two foot high retaining wall, which ran along the edge of the building’s roof. When an officer asked the man if he could help, the man remained seated, with his head in his hands; he appeared to be speaking to himself. Shortly after, the man jumped from the roof.  Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in relation to the death of the 37-year-old man.

16 April, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Norfolk County Collision

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated the investigation into a collision that occurred in February of 2019 in Norfolk County.

16 April, 2019

SIU Terminates Caledonia Investigation

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Caledonia.

16 April, 2019

SIU Terminates Cambridge Investigation as Man’s Injuries Self-Inflicted

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Cambridge between Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers and a 19-year-old man.

11 April, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting Death of Man in Hamilton

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Hamilton Police Service officer in relation to the shooting death of a 19-year-old man during an interaction with police on April 3, 2018.

11 April, 2019

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Sudbury

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting last night in Sudbury that resulted in serious injuries to a 22-year-old man.

9 April, 2019

SIU Determines No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Police-Involved Shooting at Fort Erie Hospital

On May 18, 2018, a 29-year-old man was brought by Emergency Medical Services to Douglas Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre in Fort Erie. Sometime later, the man entered the room of another patient and stabbed him with a large hunting knife. Hospital staff fled the room and patients in the waiting room were directed to leave. The man proceeded to roam the hospital’s hallways with the knife in his hands. Niagara Regional Police Service officers responded to the hospital and shortly after located the man. When the man charged at an officer, the officer discharged his firearm, striking the man once. Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to this incident.

7 April, 2019

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Etobicoke

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting this morning in Etobicoke that resulted in an injury to an 18-year-old man.

5 April, 2019

SIU Terminates Penetanguishene Investigation as Man’s Injuries were Self-Inflicted

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 27-year-old man in Penetanguishene in February of 2019.

5 April, 2019

SIU Terminates Leamington Investigation as No Serious Injury was Sustained

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in February of 2019 in Leamington.

5 April, 2019

Man’s Injury a Result of Him Punching Cell Wall; SIU Terminates Simcoe Investigation

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into a serious injury sustained by a 44-year-old man last month while he was lodged in an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cell.

4 April, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges Against Officer in Almonte Who Discharged Firearm Following Attack by Dog

On the morning of June 12, 2018, officers attended a residence in the Town of Almonte in relation to an investigation. The officers arrived at the front porch of the residence and rang the doorbell. As the home’s resident opened the door, two dogs exited the house, attacking and biting the officers. In order to stop the attack, one of the officers discharged her firearm at one of the dogs; as the officer did so, the home’s resident tripped and fell in front of the officer, resulting in one of the projectiles striking her in the leg. An ambulance was summoned. Both officers were transported to hospital for treatment of dog bite injuries, and the home’s resident was taken to hospital to be treated for the firearm injury. Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

4 April, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest of Man in Ottawa

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 46-year-old man on December 1, 2018 by Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers. The SIU was notified of this incident on December 24, 2018.

4 April, 2019

SIU Terminates Markham Investigation

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in December of 2018 at a York Regional Police (YRP) station.

4 April, 2019

Due to No Serious Injury, SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in February of 2019 between Toronto Police Service officers and a 23-year-old man.

March

29 March, 2019

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Woman’s Serious Injury in Highway 410 and Mayfield Road Collision

On June 16, 2018, a Peel Regional Police officer, in plainclothes was driving an unmarked police vehicle on Sandalwood Parkway, east of Highway 410.  The officer noticed a civilian vehicle driving erratically and commenced a vehicular pursuit. Due to the rate of speed of the civilian vehicle the pursuit was ended. A short time later the civilian vehicle exited Highway 410 at the northbound off ramp to Mayfield Road and become involved in a collision.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 22-year-old woman in this incident. 

28 March, 2019

SIU Charges OPP Officer in Kenora Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer with the Kenora detachment, committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 50-year-old man in December 2018. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

28 March, 2019

SIU Lays Assault Charge against Toronto Police Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an incident involving a 62-year-old man in June of 2018. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

28 March, 2019

Niagara Regional Police Service Officer Faces Charges in Relation to Pelham Shooting

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer committed criminal offences in relation to shooting a 52-year-old police officer in November 2018. Director Loparco has caused charges to be laid against the subject officer.  

26 March, 2019

SIU Lays Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to London Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 54 year-old man in February 2019. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

23 March, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Serious Injuries in Cambridge

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 19-year-old man this morning in Cambridge.

 

21 March, 2019

SIU Determines No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Chatham Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer in Chatham in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 24-year-old woman during her arrest in March of 2018.

21 March, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Man’s Death in Innerkip

On April 23, 2018, a 54-year-old man called 911 to report that he intended to kill himself. Upon arrival at the location that was provided by the man, an Ontario Provincial Police officer attempted to communicate with the man by calling and texting his cellphone. The officer tried to shine light into the man’s vehicle and to use the ditch as cover to get closer to the vehicle, but he was unable to see inside the vehicle. When officers got closer to the man’s vehicle by using an armoured vehicle, the man was discovered with a gunshot wound to his head and a firearm in his hands. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s death.

20 March, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Shooting Death in Ottawa

On the evening of February 25, 2018, a man stabbed another individual at a grocery store in Ottawa, and then fled to a nearby residential area. Ottawa Police Service officers were dispatched. When a police officer went down a narrow walkway, the person of interest jumped into the walkway with a knife in his hand, raised to shoulder height. He moved toward the officer, and when he did not comply with the officer’s commands to drop the knife, the officer shot the man multiple times. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

19 March, 2019

SIU Investigating Burk’s Falls Incident; Man Died Later in Hospital

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction between police and a 54-year-old man earlier this month in Armour Township. The man later died in hospital.

18 March, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Shooting at Sudbury Downtown Transit Terminal

On April 1, 2018, Greater Sudbury Police Service officers were dispatched to the Downtown Transit Terminal after receiving a report of a man carrying two large knives, and trying to break into the terminal’s security office. When the 24-year-old man rushed towards the officers, CEWs were discharged but they appeared to have no effect. When the man ran at the officers again, one officer discharged his firearm multiple times at the man, and the man was struck. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the injury sustained by this man, or by a 39-year-old man who was in the security office at the time.

16 March, 2019

SIU Investigating Collision in St. Catharines

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred earlier today in St. Catharines, resulting in injuries to two people.

15 March, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 34-year-old woman during her arrest on September 11, 2018. 

13 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into a serious injury sustained by a 47-year-old man in Windsor in January of 2019.

13 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Fall From Hospital Parking Garage in Brantford

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the falling injuries sustained by a 43-year-old man last month in Brantford.

13 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Niagara Falls Investigation as Injury Not Serious

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in October of 2018 between a 39-year-old man and Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers. The SIU was notified of this incident by the police service on February 12, 2019.

13 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Brantford Investigation after Determining Injury Was Sustained Prior to Interaction with Police

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between a 31-year-old man and Brantford Police Service officers.

13 March, 2019

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Ottawa Interaction

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to an interaction that occurred last week between a 19-year-old man and Ottawa Police Service officers.

12 March, 2019

Man Shot and Killed Himself; Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Death of Man Near Apsley

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Ontario Provincial Police officer in relation to the death of a 40-year-old man on November 1, 2018.

12 March, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Peterborough

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Peterborough Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 20-year-old woman during her arrest on March 11, 2018.

12 March, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Arrest of Man by Niagara Regional Police Service officers

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Niagara Regional Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 58-year-old man during his arrest in March of 2018.

12 March, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Vehicle Pursuit from Brampton to Toronto

On May 11, 2018, police officers from the Toronto OPP detachment were conducting RIDE spot checks in Brampton when a vehicle drove through the spot check without stopping, striking one officer. A vehicular pursuit was commenced. Officers lost sight of the vehicle, but later came upon the vehicle which had been involved in a single vehicle collision. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were transported to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any police officer in relation to this incident.

8 March, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting Death of Man in Timmins

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Timmins Police Service officer in relation to the shooting death of 21-year-old Joey Knapaysweet on February 3, 2018.

8 March, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Death of Woman in Timmins

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Timmins Police Service officer in relation to the death of 62-year-old Agnes Sutherland following her interaction with police on February 3, 2018.

8 March, 2019

Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping out of Window; SIU Terminates Collingwood Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident involving the Ontario Provincial Police that occurred in Collingwood in January of 2019.

7 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an April 2018 interaction that occurred between police officers in Windsor and a 38-year-old man. 

5 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Vaughan Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in January of 2019 in Vaughan between a 48-year-old man and York Regional Police (YRP) officers.

5 March, 2019

Man Fractured Wrist when He Punched Cell Door; SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 37-year-old man last month in Windsor.  

4 March, 2019

Kingston Police Officer Faces Charges in Relation to Collision between Cruiser and Bicycle

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Kingston Police officer committed criminal offences in relation to the serious injuries sustained by a 39-year-old man in September of 2018. Director Loparco has caused charges to be laid against the officer.  

1 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Barrie Death Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 55-year-old man in Barrie in September of 2018.

1 March, 2019

SIU Terminates Welland Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 35-year-old man in January of 2019 by Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers in Welland.

1 March, 2019

As Man’s Injury Occurred Prior to Interaction with Police, SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between a 37-year-old man and officers with the Windsor Police Service (WPS). 

1 March, 2019

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Mississauga Interaction

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction that occurred yesterday between Peel Regional Police officers and a man in his 40s.

February

28 February, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man at Niagara Falls Hotel

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Niagara Regional Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 63-year-old man during his arrest on October 25, 2017.

28 February, 2019

SIU Determines Actions of Police in Firing Upon Man Were Justified; No Charges to Issue in Windsor Shooting Death Case

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Windsor Police Service officer in relation to the shooting death of a 33-year-old man during an interaction with police on March 21, 2018.


28 February, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Interaction with Woman at Ottawa Hospital

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ottawa Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 68-year-old woman during an interaction with police at a hospital on March 27, 2018.

27 February, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Interaction with Man in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 26-year-old man during an interaction with police on February 25, 2018.

26 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation a November 2018 interaction that occurred between a 28-year-old man and Toronto Police Service officers.

25 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an April 2018 interaction that occurred between Toronto Police Service officers and a 38-year-old man.

25 February, 2019

Man’s Death Attributed to Drug Overdose and Medical Issues; SIU Terminates Parry Sound Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into the death of a 22-year-old man in September of 2018 in Parry Sound.

25 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Ottawa Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in December of 2018 between a 39-year-old man and Ottawa Police Service officers.  

22 February, 2019

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Discharge of ARWEN at Woman in Keswick Amounted to Excessive Force

On the morning of October 3, 2018, York Regional Police was notified of a 47-year-old woman who no longer wanted to live, and wanted police officers to shoot her. Officers were dispatched to an area in Keswick. When the officers located the woman in a motor vehicle, she retrieved a machete from her vehicle and shouted at the officers to kill her. The woman then fled through a forested area and exited onto a residential street. Upon locating the woman, one officer discharged his ARWEN (Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield), striking the woman in one knee. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

22 February, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest at Peterborough Women’s Shelter

On February 23, 2018, Peterborough Police Service (PPS) officers attended a women’s shelter in relation to the conduct of a 52-year-old woman. As the officers were escorting her out of the shelter, there was an interaction, and the woman was arrested. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the woman.

21 February, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against Police in Relation to Fatal Collision in Napanee

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer in Napanee in relation to the death of 88-year-old Florence Wyatt-Morris, whose vehicle was struck by another vehicle being pursued by police on March 6, 2018. 

19 February, 2019

Force Used Against Man at Toronto Police Station Deemed to be Reasonably Necessary; No Charges to Issue

On February 24, 2018, Toronto Police Service (TPS) arrested a 28-year-old man in relation to a domestic dispute, and transported him to the police station where the man acted in an uncooperative and belligerent manner. While doing a Level 3 search, the man was physically resistant and, when a handcuff was removed, he pulled away aggressively from the officers causing his face to strike against the wall. He was immediately grounded and then searched. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in relation to a serious injury sustained by the man.

19 February, 2019

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Durham Investigation

On the night of March 6, 2018, a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer attempted to stop a vehicle in Oshawa that had been reported stolen. The driver rammed the police vehicle, and then fled the scene with the officer in pursuit. Additional officers joined the pursuit, and a short time later, the vehicle became involved in a collision in Whitby. The driver fled on foot, but with the help of a police service dog, he was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any DRPS officer in this case.

19 February, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Kirkland Lake Collision Between Police Vehicle and Pickup Truck

On March 13, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer was driving an unmarked police vehicle on Duncan Avenue South, approaching Kirkland Street. As the officer began to execute a left turn onto Kirkland Street, a pickup truck driving behind struck the police vehicle. The officer was transported to hospital and diagnosed with a concussion, and the truck driver was later also diagnosed with a concussion. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the 56-year-old pickup truck driver. 

19 February, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Shooting Death of Man at OPP Morrisburg Detachment

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer in relation to the shooting death of 43-year-old Babak Saidi on December 23, 2017 at the Morrisburg OPP detachment.

15 February, 2019

Man’s Injury Not Caused by Police; SIU Terminates Bayham Township Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into an interaction that occurred last year between an Ontario Provincial Police officer and a 35-year-old man in Bayham Township.

15 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Hamilton Investigation: No Serious Injury Sustained

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in August of 2018 between a 33-year-old man and officers with the Hamilton Police Service (HPS). The SIU was notified of this incident on January 15, 2019.

14 February, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Police Officers in Relation to Toronto Arrest

In the afternoon hours of February 21, 2018, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle on Bathurst Street. After a pursuit, the driver exited the stolen vehicle and fled. A civilian who was driving in the area blocked the man using his vehicle, and then exited the vehicle and took the man to the ground. Within seconds, TPS officers arrived and the man was arrested. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

14 February, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 28-year-old woman during her apprehension by police on April 2, 2018.

14 February, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Interaction with Man in Cornwall Police Station Booking Room

On the night of April 21, 2018, a Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS) officer was dispatched to a call of a domestic nature. The officer arrested a person of interest and transported him to the police station. While in the booking room, there was an interaction between the 23-year-old man and a police officer. A second officer – who had left the booking room – returned to assist. The man was handcuffed and placed into a cell. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a CCPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man.

14 February, 2019

No Charges to Issue for Arrest of Man in Port Rowan

On February 22, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer stopped a driver in the Town of Port Rowan. The man produced his documents upon request, and after being asked several times, eventually exited his vehicle. Once outside the car, there was an interaction between the police officer and the man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the OPP officer in relation to a serious injury sustained by the 24-year-old man during his arrest.

13 February, 2019

Man’s Death Attributed to Swallowing Two Plastic Bags While at Barrie Police Station; No Charges to Issue Against Any Police Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Barrie Police Service officer in relation to the death of a 32-year-old man while in police custody on June 22, 2018.

13 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation After Determining Man Jumped Off Burgoyne Bridge On His Own Accord

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 36-year-old man in St. Catharines.

13 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Sault Ste. Marie Investigation as No Serious Injury Sustained

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the December 2018 arrest of a 38-year-old man in Sault Ste. Marie.

11 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest Inside Brampton Motel Room

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 29-year-old man in Brampton.

11 February, 2019

SIU Terminates Erin Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in Erin between OPP officers and a 58-year-old man in March of 2018. The SIU was notified of this incident on October 26, 2018.

11 February, 2019

Man Clinging to Truck Sustained Injury When He Fell Off; SIU Terminates Pickering Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between Toronto Police Service officers and a 31-year-old man in Pickering.

8 February, 2019

Man Armed with Knife Refused to Exit Walmart Washroom; No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Toronto Officers Who Arrested Him

On December 13, 2017, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers responded to a Walmart store on Eglinton Avenue East as a man refused to exit a family washroom. When officers opened the washroom door, they were confronted by the man who was holding a knife in his right hand. The officers retreated. Emergency Task Force members arrived and after attempts to negotiate with the man failed, they breached the washroom door and arrested the man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

8 February, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Man’s Apprehension in Milton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Halton Regional Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 39-year-old man when he was apprehended by officers under the Mental Health Act in February of 2018.

8 February, 2019

Due to Man’s Resistance, SIU Finds Force Used by Peterborough Police Officers to Lodge Man in Cell was Necessary

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Peterborough Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 30-year-old man following his arrest, and while in police custody, on February 7, 2018.

7 February, 2019

SIU Investigating Falling Injury in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained by a 43-year-old man today in Brantford.

6 February, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Man in Leamington

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 55-year-old man during his arrest on January 25, 2018 in Leamington.

4 February, 2019

SIU Investigating Interaction in Guelph

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained by a 45-year-old man early today in Guelph.

1 February, 2019

SIU Lays Charges Against Three Police Officers in Relation to Brampton Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe three Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers committed criminal offences in relation to an interaction with a man in September of 2018. Director Loparco has caused charges to be laid against the officers. 

1 February, 2019

No Basis to Charge Police Officer in Relation to Stratford Collision

During the early hours of January 31, 2018, a Stratford Police Service officer observed a vehicle driving without working taillights.  When the officer activated his emergency lighting to perform a vehicle stop, the vehicle instead accelerated and fled. The vehicle driver failed to negotiate a turn, mounted the sidewalk, and struck a tree.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to injuries sustained by two of the passengers in the vehicle.

January

31 January, 2019

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting Last Night in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting last night in Toronto that resulted in a serious injury to a 58-year-old man.

31 January, 2019

SIU Investigating Shooting Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting this morning in Ottawa that resulted in the death of a 30-year-old man.

30 January, 2019

No Grounds to Charge Police in Relation to Arrest at Ottawa Restaurant

On the night of February 18, 2018, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers responded to a 911 call regarding a man threatening to shoot people at a Boston Pizza restaurant. Upon their arrival, officers attempted to negotiate with the 60-year-old man, but he refused to leave the premises. A struggle ensued, and the man was subsequently subdued and arrested with the assistance of other officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

30 January, 2019

No Basis to Charge Any OPP Officer who Interacted with Man in Youngs Point Prior to Him Committing Suicide

On January 1, 2018, a 59-year-old man contacted the OPP Communications Centre and informed that he intended to take his own life. While a trained negotiator spoke with the man over the phone, other officers were dispatched to his residence. Soon after an officer arrived, and while on the phone with the negotiator, the man shot himself. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPP officer in relation to the man’s death.

30 January, 2019

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Clarksburg

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 57-year-old man in Clarksburg.

29 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Mount Brydges Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred earlier this month in Mount Brydges.  

29 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Guelph Police Pursuit

On February 19, 2018, a Guelph Police Service officer activated the emergency lighting system on his police cruiser in order to stop a vehicle of interest. The vehicle did not stop, but instead accelerated and sped away. The officer pursued the vehicle, but then slowed when he lost sight of it. A short distance away, the officer located the vehicle which was stuck in the ditch of the Hanlon Highway. The driver was arrested and transported to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by the man.

28 January, 2019

Use of Alleged Force by Officer Fell Within Permitted Level; No Charges to Issue for Arrest of Man in St. Catharines

On January 10, 2018, Niagara Regional Police Service officers attended a residence in St. Catharines for a domestic assault. The officers located a 34-year-old man in an upstairs bedroom of the residence. The man resisted arrest and a struggle ensued between him and two officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in relation to a serious injury sustained by the man.

25 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue Against Officers for Man’s Arrest in Welland

On the afternoon of December 19, 2017, individuals reported to police that a man was going from house to house and knocking on doors in Welland. Surveillance was set up by Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), and the man was observed going into the backyard between two houses. Shortly thereafter, the man was arrested for breaking and entering and was transported to hospital for treatment of injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

25 January, 2019

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Kenora Arrest

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction that occurred between a 48-year-old man and an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer last month in Kenora.

24 January, 2019

No Basis to Charge Police Officer in Relation to Death of Man in Dalrymple

On September 2, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a 911 call reporting that a man had tried to hang himself. The OPP used a police dog to track him into an area with dense brush near Lake Dalrymple where he was found hanging from a tree. The police officers cut him down and tried to revive him, but the Complainant was later pronounced dead. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any police officer in relation to the man’s death.

24 January, 2019

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Ottawa Interaction

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction that occurred between a 26-year-old man and Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers last month.

23 January, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Police Officer in Relation to Oshawa Collision Following Pursuit

On February 1, 2018, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers stopped a vehicle in an Oshawa parking lot after observing what they believed to be a drug transaction.  The officers approached the vehicle and asked the driver to produce his driver’s licence. Suddenly, the driver accelerated and sped out of the parking lot. A pursuit was initiated. Shortly after, the vehicle of interest left the roadway, crossed a ditch, and collided with a hydro pole, shearing it in half, before the vehicle flipped over and came to rest on its roof.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a DRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by one of the vehicle occupants.

23 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest at York University

On July 17, 2017, Toronto Police Service officers attended the York University campus to arrest a 33-year-old man who was bound by a bail condition that he not attend the York University campus and was also wanted pursuant to an arrest warrant for failing to appear for court.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

23 January, 2019

SIU Finds no Grounds in Evidence to Proceed with Criminal Charges Against Dryden Police Service Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Dryden Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 27-year-old man during his arrest on February 3, 2018.

23 January, 2019

As Officer’s Driving was not Dangerous, was Reasonable and did not Contribute to King City Collision, SIU Finds No Grounds to Believe Officer Committed Criminal Offence

On February 1, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer attempted to stop a driver in King City after witnessing her run a red light, drive in the wrong direction on a roadway and veer to avoid signs. Almost immediately after the officer activated his lights and made a U-turn, the vehicle crashed into a concrete pillar. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to injuries sustained by the woman as a result of the collision.

22 January, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Oakville

Shortly after midnight on February 21, 2018, Halton Regional Police Service officers attended a public school in Oakville after learning that a custodian was missing, and that blood could be seen inside his truck and leading to the school portables. The man was located inside a portable, and attempts were made to communicate with him. He could be seen at the door with injuries, but he did not exit or respond. When officers eventually gained entry to the portable, the man was lying on the floor, unconscious but breathing. He was observed to have a cut to his neck and his right wrist. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s death.

22 January, 2019

SIU Director Lacks Basis for Laying of Criminal Charges Against Officer in Relation to Interaction with Woman at Toronto Car Dealership

On February 14, 2018, a Toronto Police Service officer was dispatched to a car dealership on Dufferin Street as a 75-year-old woman refused to leave the premises. After speaking with the woman for almost 20 minutes and asking her to leave, the officer grabbed the woman’s arm to turn her around and escort her out of the dealership. The woman fell and sustained a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

22 January, 2019

Man Sustained Injury as a Result of his Efforts to Flee Police; No Charges to Issue Against Durham Regional Police Service Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Durham Regional Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 29-year-old man following a vehicle pursuit on February 7, 2018.

21 January, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Vehicle Collision Greater Sudbury Area

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a motor vehicle collision last week in the Greater Sudbury area. The driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision succumbed to his injuries on the weekend.

19 January, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Fatal Fall from Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death this morning of a man in St. Catharines.

17 January, 2019

SIU Terminates North York Investigation Connected to Carjacking

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between Toronto Police Service officers and a 22-year-old man following a carjacking.

17 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Guelph Death Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 72-year-old man in Guelph.  

17 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Windsor.  

16 January, 2019

Danforth Investigation: No Basis to Lay Criminal Charges Against Police as Man’s Death a Result of Self-inflicted Gunshot Wound

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the death of Faisal Hussain on July 22, 2018, which occurred following an interaction with two Toronto Police Service officers.

16 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Man at Tews Falls in Hamilton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the September 2018 death of a 28-year-old man in Hamilton.

15 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation after Determining Man Sustained Injury When He Fell While Running Away from Police

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the November 2018 arrest of a 19-year-old man in Toronto.

15 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Fatal Pickering Collision

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into a vehicle collision last month that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old man and serious injuries to a 36-year-old man. 

15 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Kitchener Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred last month in a Waterloo Regional Police Service cell.  

15 January, 2019

SIU Lays Criminal Negligence Charge against Barrie Police Service Officer in Relation to Shooting Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a Barrie Police Service (BPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the injury sustained by a 21-year-old man in September of 2018. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

15 January, 2019

Woman’s Jump from Rooftop Led to her Death; No Charges to Issue Against Officers in Mississauga

On February 21, 2018, Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers and paramedics attended a townhouse in Mississauga after a 911 call reporting that a woman was standing on the roof of the townhouse. Several officers attempted to convince the 28-year-old woman to abandon her thoughts of suicide. A short time later, the woman jumped from the roof to the pavement below. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PRP officer in this case.

14 January, 2019

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Man in St. Catharines

On January 31, 2018, a vehicle being operated by a 24-year-old man was involved in a collision in St. Catharines. After the driver fled the scene, the vehicle became stuck in a snowbank. The man left the vehicle and was later located and arrested by Niagara Regional Police (NRPS) officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any NRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man during his arrest.

14 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto

On February 1, 2018, an undercover police officer purchased drugs from a 33-year-old man in an alcove on Yonge Street in Toronto. After the transaction, the officer gave a signal to nearby officers indicating that the man was to be arrested for drug trafficking. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man during his arrest.

11 January, 2019

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Armed Robbery Suspect in Mississauga

On December 19, 2017, officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) tracked two armed robbery suspects to an apartment building in Mississauga.  When two motor vehicles exited the parking garage, police arrested one of the drivers but the second driver – a 25-year-old man – attempted to flee from police. Police pursued the vehicle, and during the course of the pursuit, the man’s vehicle was rammed by five different unmarked police vehicles in an attempt to bring his motor vehicle to a stop. The man fled on foot but soon after was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man during his arrest.

11 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man at Orillia OPP Detachment

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 28-year-old male when he was arrested on January 2, 2018. The man had attended the OPP detachment on his own accord, but when police discovered that the man had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, they arrested him after a struggle.

11 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto

On December 21, 2017, a Toronto Police Service officer noticed a man in a plaza who was the subject of multiple arrest warrants. When the officer pressed the man for his identity, the man fled on foot. The man was arrested shortly after. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the 49-year-old male when he was arrested.

10 January, 2019

SIU Determines Police-Involved Shooting of Man in Toronto School Yard was Justified; Criminal Charges not Warranted

On the night of December 1, 2017, a man called 911 to report that four men with firearms were trying to break into his house, and that they had then fled. Toronto Police Service officers attended the area and saw four men running towards a school.  There was an interaction between officers and one of the men, and an officer discharged his firearm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the gunshot wound sustained by the 25-year-old man.

10 January, 2019

No Criminal Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman at Niagara Falls Motel

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Niagara Regional Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 34-year-old woman during her arrest on January 30, 2018.

10 January, 2019

SIU Investigating After Police Cruiser Parked on Highway in Vaughan is Rear-ended; Civilian in Cruiser Injured

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained today by a man when the cruiser in which he was detained was struck by another vehicle.

9 January, 2019

Police Service Dog Bit Man, but Due to No Serious Injuries, SIU Terminates London Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the December 2015 arrest of a 34-year-old man in London. The man notified the SIU of this incident on November 21, 2018, at which time an investigation was commenced.   

9 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Amherstburg Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 32-year-old man in November of 2018 in Amherstburg.  

9 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Man During Execution of Search Warrant at Toronto Home

On November 26, 2017, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers executed a search warrant at a Toronto residence. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 20-year-old man who was in the home.

9 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Essex County Collision Involving Police Cruiser

On the morning of December 23, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were on Highway 401 in Essex County to assist as a vehicle had gone into a ditch. While one of the officers was parked on the shoulder of the highway with his emergency lighting system activated, a civilian vehicle struck the rear of the officer’s vehicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by three individuals in the civilian vehicle.

9 January, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Peterborough Pursuit

On the morning of January 13, 2018, a Peterborough Police Service (PPS) officer observed an individual execute a u-turn and travel in the wrong direction on a one-way street. The officer pursued this vehicle with his emergency lights and sirens activated, but the driver did not stop. Other officers joined the pursuit. A short time later, the vehicle being pursued ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PPS officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the 55-year-old driver of the vehicle that was struck.

8 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Peterborough Interaction

On June 29, 2017, a 69-year-old man was arrested in a park in Peterborough for being intoxicated in a public place. The man was transported to the Peterborough Police Service station. While a police officer was searching the man in the booking room, the man struck the officer in the face. The officer responded by punching the man back. The man was restrained, and then later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a nose fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

8 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Sudbury Interaction Between Man and Police Officer in Ambulance

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Greater Sudbury Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 34-year-old man during his arrest on November 23, 2017.

4 January, 2019

SIU Finds Vehicle Pursuit of Man - and Subsequent Apprehension Using Police Dog – to be Lawful; No Charges to Issue in St. Catharines

On November 16, 2017, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) was investigating a man for a series of robberies in the St. Catharines area. Following an attempted traffic stop and then a police pursuit, the man’s vehicle collided with another vehicle. The man continued to drive, but when his vehicle finally broke down, the man exited and attempted to flee on foot. With the use of a police service dog, the man was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in this case.

4 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between Toronto Police Service officers and a 43-year-old man.

3 January, 2019

Man’s Injury Sustained When He Punched Cell Door; SIU Terminates Timmins Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 40-year-old man last month in Timmins.  

3 January, 2019

SIU Director Lacks Grounds for Charging Officers in Relation to Apprehension of Man in Brampton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Peel Regional Police offices in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 44-year-old man during his apprehension in December of 2017.