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November

28 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man near Little Current

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old man in Little Current, located on Manitoulin Island.

27 November, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Pursuit Prior to Oshawa Collision

On May 12, 2020, a 34-year-old woman was driving on King Street West in Oshawa when her vehicle was broadsided by a speeding pickup truck. The woman suffered serious injuries in the collision, including a pelvic fracture, spleen laceration and shoulder dislocation. Because the pickup truck was being pursued at the time by a Durham Regional Police Service officer, the SIU commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

27 November, 2020

SIU Updates Investigation into Fatal Incident in City of Kawartha Lakes

SIU investigators remain in the City of Kawartha Lakes to investigate the circumstances surrounding an interaction yesterday that resulted in the death of a one-year-old child and serious injuries to a 33-year-old man. An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was also seriously injured.

26 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Incident in City of Kawartha Lakes

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a tragic incident that occurred today in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

24 November, 2020

Force Used to Arrest Man in Richmond Hill was Excessive, but SIU Unable to Attribute Force to Any One or More Identifiable Officers

On February 2, 2020, officers with the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force and the Major Crime Unit arrived at a home in Richmond Hill to execute a search warrant. The police had reason to believe that the residence was being used to confine the victim of a kidnapping being held for ransom. Upon entering the home, the hostage was located and two individuals were arrested. In the course of his arrest, a 28-year-old man sustained multiple facial fractures and a fractured spine. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are reasonable grounds to believe that excessive force was used, but he is unable to attribute said force to any one or more identifiable ETF officers. As such, there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case.

24 November, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Man’s Arrest Inside Apartment Building Stairwell in Mississauga

On May 20, 2020, a 42-year-old man was arrested by Peel Regional Police officers and subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right rib. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

23 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Balcony Fall in Oshawa

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

23 November, 2020

SIU Investigating After Police Officers Shoot Man in Vaughan

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a 23-year-old man overnight in Vaughan.

22 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Woman in Kitchener

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old woman overnight in Kitchener.

21 November, 2020

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Involved in Manitoulin Island Fatal Shooting

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 60-year-old Gary Brohman of Gore Bay as one of the individuals who was fatally shot during an interaction on November 19, 2020. The other individual who was fatally wounded was Constable Marc Hovingh of the Ontario Provincial Police.

20 November, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Man’s Death in Malton

On the evening of September 10, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to a residence in Malton after multiple calls from family members inside the home. Soon after arriving, officers became involved in an interaction with a 34-year-old and shortly after apprehended him. Paramedics transported the man to hospital where he was pronounced deceased soon after arrival. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

20 November, 2020

SIU Continues Investigation into Fatal Shooting on Manitoulin Island

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances yesterday on Manitoulin Island that led to the deaths of an Ontario Provincial Police officer and a 60-year-old man.

19 November, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Man’s Apprehension in Toronto

On the morning of May 30, 2020, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers were dispatched to a home after a mother reported that her 37-year-odl son was making threats of suicide. After further investigation, the decision was made to apprehend the man and to take him to the hospital. An interaction ensued between the officers and the man, and eventually the officers were able to handcuff him and escort him to an ambulance. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with a fractured nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a TPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

19 November, 2020

November 19, 2020 Update: SIU Investigation into Death of Woman in Toronto

The SIU investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old woman in Toronto on October 26, 2020 is ongoing. The woman – who died in hospital that morning – had earlier been apprehended by Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers who had attended her apartment unit.

19 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Shooting on Manitoulin Island

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting on Manitoulin Island today, resulting in the deaths of a police officer and a civilian.

19 November, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Acton

On January 2, 2020, a 60-year-old woman was arrested inside her home in Acton by Halton Regional Police Service officers. She subsequently underwent surgery in hospital for tears to her shoulder tendons. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injuries.

18 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Collison Between Cruiser and Pickup Truck in Haldimand

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a two-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday in Haldimand, resulting in serious injuries to both vehicle drivers.

18 November, 2020

SIU Terminates Kitchener Investigation as Man’s Injury in Cell Determined to be Self-Inflicted

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 32-year-old man last month in Kitchener.

18 November, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Brampton Woman’s Injuries Sustained When TPS Officers Executed Search Warrant

On May 10, 2020, a 75-year-old woman suffered a fractured ulna and radius of the left wrist in and around the time that Toronto Police Service officers with the Emergency Task Force entered her Brampton home on the strength of a search warrant. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injuries.

16 November, 2020

SIU Terminates Oshawa Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 24-year-old man last month in Oshawa.

13 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Thunder Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 55-year-old man on November 5, 2020. The SIU was made aware of the man’s death on November 9, 2020.

13 November, 2020

SIU Investigating Death in York

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

5 November, 2020

SIU Terminates New Tecumseth Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 27-year-old woman last month in New Tecumseth.

4 November, 2020

Update Regarding SIU Investigation into Death of Individual in Toronto

Investigators with the Special Investigations Unit are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old individual in Toronto on October 26, 2020.


3 November, 2020

Update: Man who Sustained Gunshot Wound in Petrolia Succumbs to Injuries

On October 26, 2020, the SIU commenced an investigation in Petrolia. At approximately 7:30 p.m. that evening, Ontario Provincial Police officers had responded to a residence for a man in distress. Hours later, the officers located the man at the rear of the property and observed that the man had sustained a gunshot wound. The 40-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. On November 1, 2020, while in hospital, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

3 November, 2020

Man Broke Finger After Hitting Hand on Tree Branch; SIU Terminates Barrie Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 36-year-old man in Barrie in September.

2 November, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Dies Following Fall from Toronto Overpass

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old man today in Toronto.

1 November, 2020

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Shoots Man in Timmins

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police-involved shooting of a 31-year-old man this weekend in Timmins.

October

30 October, 2020

SIU Discontinues Sudbury Investigation as Man’s Broken Hand a Result of Punching Wall

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 22-year-old man last month in Sudbury.

30 October, 2020

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

On the morning of June 21, 2020, a 51-year-old man was arrested by Niagara Regional Police Service officers, suffering serious injuries in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

30 October, 2020

SIU Determines Officer Did Not Commit Criminal Offence in Connection with Collision with Motorcycle in Toronto

Around noon on July 15, 2020, a man was operating his motorcycle westward on Kingston Road in Toronto, and a woman occupied the backseat of the motorcycle. At the same time, a Toronto Police Service officer, en route to deal with a call for service involving a person having threatened suicide, was traveling eastward on Kingston Road. When the police officer proceeded to turn left at the Harewood Avenue intersection, the police vehicle became involved in a collision with the motorcycle. The 24-year-old motorcycle passenger suffered serious injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that while the officer caused the collision that regrettably caused serious injuries to the woman, there are no grounds for proceeding with criminal charges against the officer and the file is closed.

29 October, 2020

Man’s Death in Kingston Attributed to Drug Overdose; No Charges to Issue

On July 23, 2019, Kingston Police officers attended a local restaurant to assist paramedics by apprehending a 52-year-old man. Following a struggle, the officers were eventually able to gain control of the man who was then transported to hospital by paramedics. At the hospital, the man later stopped breathing and passed away. The pathologist at autopsy attributed the cause of the man’s death to sudden cardiorespiratory arrest due to methamphetamine, fentanyl and carfentanil toxicity. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

29 October, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Pursuit Prior to Napanee Collision

On the night of April 5, 2020, an Ontario Provincial Police officer was performing speed enforcement on Highway 401, west of Beechwood Road in Napanee, when he clocked an approaching Jeep Compass at 176 km/h. The officer began to pursue the vehicle with the intention of stopping it, but the driver would not stop. Instead, she continued to speed eastward for a short period before taking an off-ramp. The driver lost control of the vehicle as she attempted to negotiate the exit curve and crashed into a ditch. Two passengers from the vehicle – a 27-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man – were seriously injured. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the officer comported himself within the limits of the law as he pursued the Jeep Compass, and as such, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

29 October, 2020

Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping from City of Toronto Pool Fence; SIU Discontinues Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 23-year-old man in Toronto in August.

27 October, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Sustains Gunshot Wound in Petrolia

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained by a 40-year-old man last night in Petrolia.

26 October, 2020

SIU Discontinues Thunder Bay Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 24-year-old man in Thunder Bay.

26 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old man this morning in Toronto.

25 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Markham Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred yesterday in Markham, resulting in serious injuries to a 55-year-old man.

23 October, 2020

October 23, 2020 Update into SIU Investigation in Ottawa

The SIU investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old man – who fell from an apartment window in Ottawa on October 7, 2020 – continues.

21 October, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in King City ONroute Service Centre Parking Lot

On the evening of June 2, 2020, a 30-year-old man was arrested by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in the parking lot of the ONroute Service Centre along Highway 400 north in King City. The man subsequently attended hospital and was diagnosed with a herniated disk. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

21 October, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Brampton Collision Between Civilian Vehicles that Claimed the Lives of a Woman and her Three Daughters

On June 18, 2020, a woman and her three young children tragically lost their lives in a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Torbram Road and Countryside Drive in Brampton. The woman had been operating an SUV that was struck by an Infiniti. The Infiniti driver suffered unspecified serious injuries as well in the collision. As the Infiniti driver was fleeing from a police cruiser at the time, the matter was reported to the SIU and an investigation was commenced. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the motor vehicle collision.

21 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Arrest in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating an interaction that occurred overnight in Toronto, leading to a 19-year-old man sustaining a serious injury.

20 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Atikokan

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old man in Atikokan Sunday night.

15 October, 2020

Charges not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Death 1.5 Weeks After Thunder Bay Arrest

On February 28, 2020, a 29-year-old man was admitted to hospital following his arrest by Thunder Bay Police Service officers. The following morning, he fell into acute medical distress. On March 10, 2020, the man passed away in hospital. Two of the officers who had custody of the man in the hospital when he was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit were identified as the subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

15 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Etobicoke Woman’s Death

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old Etobicoke woman on April 18, 2020 in Brampton. Yesterday, counsel for the family notified the SIU of the woman’s death.

15 October, 2020

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Kingston Arrest

The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest last month of a man in Kingston, and is appealing for witnesses with video footage to provide that evidence to investigators.

14 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Interaction Preceding Man’s Fall from Bridge in Kitchener

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 31-year-old man last night as a result of him falling from a bridge in Kitchener.

14 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Collision in Strathroy-Caradoc

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred today in Strathroy-Caradoc between a vehicle being investigated by police officers and another vehicle, resulting in injuries to a 59-year-old woman.

13 October, 2020

October 13, 2020 Update into SIU Investigation in Ottawa

SIU investigators are continuing their work to determine what transpired before the death of a 23-year-old man, who fell from an Ottawa apartment window on October 7, 2020.

9 October, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Injury Sustained by Woman at Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie

On the morning of July 13, 2020, a 54-year-old woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital. After the woman had been admitted into a secure room, a nurse entered the room to sedate the woman with an injection. As the needle made contact with the woman’s arm, she jumped up and advanced on the nurse, who backed away toward the door. A Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officer who was standing outside the room advised the woman to step back into the room. A struggled ensued until the woman was restrained and sedated with the help of hospital staff. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken right wrist the woman suffered.

9 October, 2020

SIU Discontinues Welland Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the August arrest of a 60-year-old man in Welland.

9 October, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Woman’s Death in Springwater

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 29-year-old woman that occurred last month in Springwater.

8 October, 2020

SIU Discontinues Wasaga Beach Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in Wasaga Beach in August.

8 October, 2020

SIU Lays Assault Charges Against Police Officers in Relation to Brockville Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that two Brockville Police Service (BPS) officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 59-year-old man in May of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against each of the officers.  

8 October, 2020

Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Man’s Falling Death in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the falling death of a 23-year-old man yesterday in Ottawa.

7 October, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Hawkesbury Arrest

Shortly after midnight on February 9, 2020, two Ontario Provincial Police officers attended an apartment in Hawkesbury following a call to police reporting that a 39-year-old man had been playing music very loudly and was throwing objects outside through his window. When the officers attempted to speak with the man, he tried to shut the apartment door on them. The man then spat on one of the officers. The officers reacted by taking hold of the man and forcing him to the floor.  A short struggle ensued on the ground ending with the man in handcuffs. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured left elbow. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against either of the involved officers in relation to the man’s injury, and the file is closed.

7 October, 2020

Officers Acted with Tact and Professionalism; No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Woman’s Injury in Niagara Falls

On June 18, 2020, paramedics were dispatched to a complex of townhomes at an address in Niagara Falls as a woman had fallen in the parking lot and had hit her head. When paramedics located the 39-year-old woman on the porch of one of the homes, she was intoxicated, refused to be examined by the paramedics and she exhibited strange and irrational behaviour. Officers with the Niagara Regional Police Service were called for assistance. Many attempts were made to convince the woman to go with the paramedics, but this was to no avail. Suddenly, the woman ran from the porch and then fell, fracturing her left knee. She was taken to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the involved officers acted lawfully throughout their dealings with the woman and thus there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges.

7 October, 2020

SIU Investigating Man’s Fatal Fall from Apartment Window in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a fall from an Ottawa apartment window today resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man.

6 October, 2020

No Grounds to Believe Officer Committed Criminal Offence in Connection with Man’s Arrest at Mississauga Motel

On the evening of June 11, 2020, the manager of a Mississauga motel called 911 to report that a man – a guest of one of the persons residing at the motel – had damaged property in the resident’s unit and assaulted another individual. When a Peel Regional Police officer located the 40-year-old man at the back of the motel property, the man was on his bicycle attempting to the flee the scene. Despite orders from the officer for the man to stop, the man kept riding but soon after fell off his bike. The man was arrested. When he complained of chest pain, the man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a rib fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

2 October, 2020

Due to Lack of Cooperation from Man, SIU Discontinues Guelph Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the June 2020 arrest of a 32-year-old man in Guelph.

2 October, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Hamilton Arrest

On the morning of May 4, 2020, the superintendent of a building contacted police to report the presence of a minivan, parked but running, in a driveway by the building. Inside the minivan were two men who appeared to be passed out. Officers arrived and surrounded the vehicle with their cruisers. Shortly after, the officers opened both front doors of the minivan. The passenger was removed and taken into custody without incident. The 27-year-old man sitting on the driver’s side was roused by the officers, and an interaction ensued. He was eventually arrested. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractures of the left orbital bone and nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

1 October, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Police Pursuit that Ended with Collision Between Bus and Vehicle in Toronto

On the morning of April 4, 2020, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was on patrol traveling west on Highway 401 when he observed two vehicles speeding ahead of him. When the officer pulled up alongside one of the vehicles, that vehicle slowed down. The other vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, continued to speed and ultimately exited on the Bathurst Street off-ramp. The officer pursued the vehicle and soon after another officer joined the pursuit. A short time later, the Sonata drove through a red light at Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West and struck the front left area of a bus. The occupants of the Sonata, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer in the first cruiser committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and resulting injuries.

1 October, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Chatham-Kent

Shortly after 1 a.m. on March 15, 2020, the Chatham-Kent Police Service received a 911 call from a woman reporting that her estranged partner had confronted her in the backyard of her home, was threatening her and had pointed a handgun at the garage door where she had sought refuge. Officers quickly located the person of interest – a 42-year-old man – emerging from his residence. When an officer called out to him, the man rode away on a bicycle. The officers pursued him in their cruisers for a short distance. The man then got off his bicycle, raised his arms as directed to do so, and was arrested and taken to the police station. He was subsequently transported to hospital where his fractured hand and possible concussion were diagnosed. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

September

30 September, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction at Barrie Hospital

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in July of 2020.

30 September, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Toronto Motorcycle Collision

On the afternoon of June 2, 2020, a Toronto Police Service officer was conducting speed enforcement for eastbound traffic on Lakeshore Boulevard West. When he observed two motorcycles traveling at high rates of speed, the officer maneuvered his motorcycle onto the roadway intending to stop the motorcyclists. When the riders sped away, the officer decided against a pursuit. At the intersection of Lower Simcoe Street, the riders disregarded a red light and one of the motorcycles collided into the driver’s side rear door of a SUV that had been traveling northbound on Lower Simcoe Street. The 34-year-old male rider would ultimately be diagnosed with fractures to both wrists and left elbow, as well as a bone chip in his neck. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

30 September, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Orillia Arrest Case

On May 21, 2020, a 30-year-old man suffered a fractured scapula in the course of being arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Orillia. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

29 September, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Fatally Struck by Police Vehicle in Midland

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a collision that occurred overnight in Midland, resulting in the death of a 35-year-old man from Pembroke.

29 September, 2020

Woman Did Not Sustain Serious Injury During Apprehension by Police at Walmart; SIU Terminates St. Catharines Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the July 2019  apprehension of a 39-year-old woman at a Walmart in St. Catharines. The SIU first learned of this incident on July 8, 2020, when the woman brought it to the SIU’s attention.

28 September, 2020

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

On February 23, 2020, a 25-year-old man suffered a devastating eye injury in the course of his arrest by OPP officers in Espanola. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

28 September, 2020

SIU Investigating Beaverton Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a single-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday in Beaverton.

25 September, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Parking Lot of Townhouse Complex in Sudbury

On June 12, 2020, a Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) officer was dispatched to a townhouse complex after the groundskeeper reported a man was sleeping on the ground in the parking lot. The officer roused the 28-year-old man, and upon further investigation learned the man was wanted by police. Another officer was dispatched to assist with the arrest. The man was subsequently lodged in police cells and then taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured left hand. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe a GSPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

24 September, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to London Arrest

In the early morning hours of December 6, 2019, a 34-year-old man was arrested by members of the London Police Service Emergency Response Unit and suffered injuries in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

24 September, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Mississauga

On the night of May 10, 2020, the Peel Regional Police (PRP) Tactical & Rescue Unit was dispatched to a Mississauga home after a 37-year-old woman told a crisis centre she was distraught and feeling suicidal, and that she had a gun and was planning to harm herself with it. Once they arrived, the officers saw the woman sitting on a step on the front porch. When the woman failed to adequately respond to the directions of the officers, she was taken to the ground. When the woman was seen to be reaching for something, a conducted energy weapon was deployed. The woman was apprehended and transported to hospital for treatment of a broken nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe a PRP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest and injury.

24 September, 2020

SIU Investigating Man’s Fall from Apartment Balcony in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a fall from a London apartment balcony today resulted in serious injuries to a man.

24 September, 2020

SIU Investigating Hamilton Incident

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating an interaction involving the Hamilton Police Service after a man sustained serious injuries overnight.

21 September, 2020

Man’s Injuries Caused as a Result of Punching Cell Wall; SIU Terminates Barrie Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 27-year-old man last month in Barrie while he was lodged in a police station cell.

20 September, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Sustains Fatal Gunshot Wound in the Municipality of Machin

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating an incident that occurred yesterday in the Municipality of Machin.

18 September, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Apprehension and Injury in Delhi

On the morning of July 23, 2020, a 30-year-old man got into a fight with another individual at a motel in Delhi, and then collapsed. Upon the arrival of Ontario Provincial Police officers and paramedics, the man got up and exhibited irrational and erratic behavior. The man was eventually apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital. When the man later attempted to leave the Observation Room of the hospital, the officers took hold of the man and escorted him back. Moments after entering the room, the man lost his balance and fell to the floor. The man then rose to his feet and began to punch and kick the door. He was diagnosed with a break of one of his lower forearms. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s apprehension and injury.

18 September, 2020

Charges not Warranted in Relation to London Collision Between Cruiser and Civilian Vehicle

On July 30, 2020, a 47-year-old woman was driving a vehicle south on Adelaide Street North approaching the roadway’s intersection with Nelson Street. At the same time, a London Police Service was on-duty and traveling north on Adelaide Street North toward Nelson Street. His intention was to proceed straight through the intersection. Each vehicle entered the intersection on a green light. They collided as the woman’s vehicle turned left in front of the police cruiser. The woman was transported by ambulance to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fracture to the radial bone in one of her arms. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case, and the file is closed.

17 September, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from London Apartment Balcony

On May 5, 2020, London Police Service officers were dispatched to a high-rise apartment building in London following a call from a woman who expressed concern for her 27-year-old son’s well-being. When officers arrived at an apartment on the 15th floor, they couldn’t get into the unit, but briefly were able to talk to the man by phone. Evidence soon came to the officers that the man was sitting unsupported on the balcony railing. The man then scaled down to the balcony directly below, and then down to the next balcony. As the man endeavoured to maneuver to the next balcony below, he lost his grip and fell to the ground. The man was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries on May 8, 2020. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

16 September, 2020

Community Assistance Requested to Identify Woman Fatally Struck on Highway in Springwater

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the death of a woman in her mid-20s in Springwater late last night.

16 September, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest at Toronto Rooming House

On April 14, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers attended an address on Bloor Street West after a resident of a rooming house called police to report that another resident – a 50-year-old man – had just attacked him with a knife. Officers located the man and a struggle ensued before they were able to arrest him. The man was subsequently transported to hospital when he complained of right arm pain, and diagnosed with a fractured humerus. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that one of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

15 September, 2020

Re-Opened File into Man’s Arrest in Toronto Closed Again

On April 9, 2019, a 23-year-old man reported to the SIU that he was seriously injured when he was arrested by Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers two days prior. The SIU investigated the allegation, and the SIU Director closed the file upon determining that there were no reasonable grounds to believe any of the involved police officers committed a criminal offence with respect to the man’s injury.  On July 6, 2020, the SIU re-opened its investigation in this matter after receiving additional information from the man’s mother. 

13 September, 2020

SIU Investigating Multi-Vehicle Collision in Milton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after several people sustained injuries as a result of a collision today in Milton.

11 September, 2020

Woman’s Injury was Inflicted During Altercation Prior to Arrest by Police; SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 39-year-old woman last month in Toronto.

9 September, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Shooting of Man in Collingwood

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

3 September, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Arrest Outside Brampton Pub

In the early morning hours of February 28, 2020, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to a pub in Brampton after the pub manager reported to 911 that an intoxicated woman was driving a vehicle in the parking lot in a reckless fashion. An officer approached the woman, who was seated in the driver’s seat of her vehicle parked in front of the bar. He spoke with her and made a demand for a breath sample. When the woman objected and refused to take the test, the officers decided to take her into custody. The woman verbally and physically resisted her arrest. In and around the time the handcuffs were being affixed, a “pop” sound was heard. The “pop” was the sound of the woman’s arm breaking. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a PRP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the 29-year-old woman’s arrest and injury.

2 September, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Oakville Hotel

On February 18, 2020, 911 received a call reporting that a patron of a hotel in Oakville was behaving in a disorderly and destructive fashion, and threatening harm to himself and others in the building. Halton Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to the hotel, and attempts were made to speak with the man. The decision was then taken to force entry into the room. As officers tried to take the man into custody, the man physically resisted. The officers reacted with force of their own – including the deployment of conducted energy weapons by two of the officers – and the man was handcuffed. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

2 September, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Elgin County

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 55-year-old man in Elgin County. 

1 September, 2020

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

A 65-year-old man suffered multiple rib fractures in the course of his arrest on September 23, 2019 by Ontario Provincial Police officers in the Town of Ingleside. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

August

31 August, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest at Niagara Falls Motel

At approximately 11:15 p.m. on May 20, 2020, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers attended a motel on Lundy’s Lane after an individual called 911 to complain about the behavior of a 49-year-old man who was a resident in one of the units. After convincing the man to return to his room, the officers proceeded to leave the property. However, they were stopped by other residents who said the man had left his room and was being threatening. In the course of arresting the man, a struggle ensued before the man was secured in custody. As the man and officers were walking, the man fell and complained of pain. He was subsequently taken to hospital and reportedly diagnosed with a fractured ankle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a NRPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

30 August, 2020

SIU Investigating Arrest of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating an interaction that occurred last night in Toronto.

30 August, 2020

SIU Investigating Falling Death of Man in Newmarket

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

29 August, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Brantford

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred today in Brantford. As a result of the collision, a 21-year-old man died at the scene.

28 August, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Pursuit of Truck that Collided with Traffic Control Signal Pole in Minesing

In the early morning hours of April 12, 2020, several Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched from the Nottawasaga detachment to investigate two men who were going in and out of vehicles in Angus. When officers observed a truck which had been stolen, they briefly pursued the truck. Hearing radio transmission of the truck heading in her direction, an officer, of the Huronia West detachment, observed the truck and began pursuing it. Shortly after, the driver lost control of the truck and crashed into a traffic control signal pole. The 24-year-old driver was subsequently arrested and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the Huronia West detachment officer comported herself within the confines of the law as she briefly pursued the truck before the collision. Accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

28 August, 2020

Man Injured After Punching Cruiser Partition; SIU Terminates Barrie Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 24-year-old man last month while he was in the back of a Barrie Police Service cruiser.

27 August, 2020

Update: SIU Identifies Man Fatally Shot in Haliburton County

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 73-year-old Leslie Hegedus as the man who was fatally shot on July 15, 2020, in Haliburton County during an interaction with Ontario Provincial Police officers. 

27 August, 2020

Update: Police Dive Team Locates Man who Went Missing in Ottawa River; SIU Releases Identity

On August 22, 2020, a 71-year-old man jumped into the Ottawa River in Clarence-Rockland following the arrival of police officers in the area. On August 25, 2020, members of the Ontario Provincial Police dive team recovered the the body of Jean-Guy Meloche approximately 120 metres east of where he had jumped in.

26 August, 2020

No Reasonable Grounds to Criminally Charge any Toronto Police Service Officer in Connection with the Falling Death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

On May 27, 2020, 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell tragically to her death from the balcony of a 24th floor apartment in Toronto. Because Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers had interacted with her and were present in her apartment at the time of the fall, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. Based on his review of the evidence, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with Ms. Korchinski-Paquet’s death.

25 August, 2020

CPR Administration did not Contribute to Man’s Death in North Bay; SIU Terminates Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 35-year-old man last month in North Bay.  

25 August, 2020

Charges not Warranted in Arrest of Man at Home in Red Lake

On February 11, 2020, a 28-year-old man was arrested by members of the Ontario Provincial Police at his residence in Red Lake. The following day, he was diagnosed with a fractured hand/wrist. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

24 August, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Downtown Thunder Bay Parking Garage

On February 29, 2020, Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched after police received a 911 call from an individual indicating that a man was armed with a hunting knife and breaking windows in the area of May Street South. Officers located the 45-year-old man and confronted him. The man was non-responsive and continued to walk away from the officers as the officers followed at a distance. Armed with the knife, the man then made his way to the Victoriaville Mall and the Civic Centre, eventually entering the parking garage. Officers located the man when he was heard to be moaning. He had fallen from a height and suffered multiple fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries and arrest.

23 August, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Goes Missing in Ottawa River

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a 71-year-old man jumped into the Ottawa River yesterday following the arrival of police officers to the area. The man has not yet been found. 

22 August, 2020

Update: SIU Continues Investigation of Man’s Falling Death in York

The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the falling death of a 66-year-old man yesterday in York.  The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

21 August, 2020

SIU Investigating Collision in North York and Appealing for Witnesses

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a multi-vehicle collision that occurred last night in North York, resulting in serious injuries to a man. 

21 August, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Falls to Death in York

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 66-year-old man this evening in York.
 

20 August, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in St. Catharines

In the afternoon of December 31, 2019, two Niagara Regional Police Service officers discharged their firearms at a 56-year-old man outside his home in St. Catharines. The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and succumbed to his injuries in hospital the next day. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

20 August, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction that Occurred While Man Lodged in Hamilton Cell

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained in June by a 22-year-old man in Hamilton.  

19 August, 2020

SIU Determines Intervention by Officers in Sault Ste. Marie Likely Prevented Man from Self-Inflicting Further Grievous Harm

On April 23, 2020, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service received a call from personnel with the Sault Area Hospital expressing concern about the welfare of a 29-year-old man. Officers were dispatched to the hospital and they located the man in a vehicle. The man drove away, but officers located him soon after when they arrived at his residence. He was observed to be in possession of two knives. When the man made his way down a staircase, an officer positioned behind the man observed the man motioning with one of the knives across his neck. The officer deployed his conducted energy weapon in the man’s back. The man fell forward onto the ground but he continued to cut himself. CEWs were deployed by two officers, and the man was quickly subdued and handcuffed. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

19 August, 2020

SIU Investigating Collision in Windsor Between Police Bicycle and Civilian Motorcycle

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a traffic collision that occurred today in Windsor.  

18 August, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into OPP Arrest as No Serious Injury Sustained

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in March between a 20-year-old man and Ontario Provincial Police officers.

18 August, 2020

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Relation to Welland Arrest

In the evening of January 18, 2020, a 38-year-old man was arrested inside his home by Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers. He was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion and an old fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a NRPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and concussion. 

18 August, 2020

SIU Finds No Grounds to Proceed with Charges in Toronto Arrest Case

A 28-year-old man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers on February 13, 2020, in a Toronto apartment unit. A couple of days following his arrest, the man was diagnosed with two and possibly three fractured ribs. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that on the assessment of the evidence, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the involved officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

18 August, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Man’s Death in Shuniah Township

On March 12, 2020, a woman called 911 to report that her son had threatened to take his life as well as hers. As a result, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a Shuniah Township address. A sergeant was able to make contact with the 31-year-old man by phone. About an hour-and-a-half after the conversation ended, the man exited the home holding a rifle and he began walking towards a forested area. Soon after, the man suffered a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges and the file is closed.

18 August, 2020

Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Police Discharge of CEW and ARWEN in Vaughan

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the police interaction with a 24-year-old man yesterday in Vaughan.  

18 August, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in York Region

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting of a 24-year-old man today in York Region.

17 August, 2020

Man’s Injury not Caused by Police Officers; SIU Terminates Toronto Police Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained last month by a 50-year-old man in Toronto.   

14 August, 2020

SIU investigating vehicle collision in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained today by a 24 year-old woman in Toronto. 

10 August, 2020

SIU to Soon Collect Race-Based Data

On October 1, 2020, pursuant to the Anti-Racism Act, the Special Investigations Unit will begin collecting race-based data in the course of its investigations. The data will be collected on a voluntary basis from complainants in SIU cases, namely, persons who have been seriously injured, alleged sexual assault or (via their next-of-kin) died. The information will also be collected voluntarily in relation to subject officers, that is, the officers who appear to have caused the serious injury or death in question.

7 August, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest of Man in Barrie

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the June arrest of a 35-year-old man. 

6 August, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Incident in North Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred on July 29, 2020 in North Bay. 

5 August, 2020

Former Police Officer Charged in Relation to Alleged Historical Sexual Assaults in Brampton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe a former officer with the previous Brampton Police Force (BPF) committed criminal offences between 1967 and 1972. As a result, Director Martino has caused charges to be laid against the former officer.

4 August, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Mississauga Motel Parking Lot

A 36-year-old man was arrested by Peel Reginal Police officers in the early morning of May 30, 2019. He was subsequently diagnosed with a nose fracture of indeterminate age. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that one of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

4 August, 2020

SIU Determines No Criminal Offence Committed in Relation to Markham Arrest

On April 23, 2020, a 29-year-old man suffered a broken nose in the course of his arrest in Markham. An Ontario Provincial Police officer and a York Regional Police (YRP) officer – working together with the YRP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau – were the primary arresting officers and identified as the subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

July

31 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Brampton Arrest

In the evening hours of February 13, 2020, a 46-year-old man suffered a broken nose in the course of being arrested by Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers in Brampton. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a PRP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

31 July, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Police Pursuit that Preceded Oshawa Collision

In the morning of December 5, 2019, a Durham Regional Police Service officer was in the area of Simcoe Street South and Olive Avenue in Oshawa when he observed a reportedly stolen Lexus sedan. When the driver attempted to elude apprehension, the officer pursued the Lexus. A short time later, the Lexus broadsided a minivan at the Celina Street and Bruce Street intersection. As a result of the collision, the 63-year-old minivan driver suffered multiple rib fractures and dislocations and a collapsed lung. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

31 July, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Guelph Arrest

On March 21, 2020, a 31-year-old man was arrested by Guelph Police Service officers and suffered a fractured right ankle in and around the same time. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

30 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to New Year’s Day Hamilton Interaction

On January 1, 2020, a 26-year-old woman attended a hospital in Hamilton and was diagnosed with a broken elbow. The injury was the result of the woman’s fall in the course of an interaction with a Hamilton Police Service officer earlier that day. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s fall and injury.

30 July, 2020

No Basis for Proceeding with Charges in North Bay Arrest Case

On March 30, 2020, OPP officers convened in North Bay with a view to arresting a 38-year-old man on drug possession and trafficking charges. It was their plan to arrest the man once he stepped out of the house. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., the man, in the company of a female, exited the home on Percy Street and travelled on foot eastward on the north sidewalk of Cassells Street. The officers approached, and following a brief struggle on the ground, the man was handcuffed and taken into custody by the officers. The following morning, the man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a broken clavicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed.

30 July, 2020

SIU Identifies Cyclist Who was Killed in King Township Collision

The SIU continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 54-year-old man in King Township on July 24, 2020. On that date, the man was riding a bicycle in King Township when he was struck by a vehicle in the area of Keele Street and Cavell Avenue. Prior to the collision, the vehicle that struck the man was being investigated by a York Regional Police officer. 

30 July, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injuries Sustained by Man in Niagara Falls

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injuries sustained last month by a 30-year-old man in Niagara Falls.

29 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fall from Central Avenue Bridge in Fort Erie

On the morning of November 30, 2019, an employee of the Peace Bridge Authority contacted police with concerns that a man might jump from the Central Avenue Bridge in Fort Erie. Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers attended and spoke with the 28-year-old man. Satisfied that he was not a threat to himself or anyone else, the officers watched as the man walked away before themselves driving off. Later that morning, the same employee called police to report that the man had gone over the railing and hung from it for a period before pulling himself back up onto the bridge. The officers attended to check on the welfare of the man. As one of the officers exited his cruiser, the man ran toward the centre of the bridge and jumped headlong over the bridge railing. Despite the officer’s efforts to hold onto the man, the man fell down onto an embankment some five metres below the bridge. The officers went to the man and comforted him until the arrival of emergency medical services. In hospital, the man was diagnosed and treated for fractures to his pelvis, a rib, and femur. 
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a NRPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

29 July, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Connection with Teenager’s Arrest and Injury in Kingston

In the early evening hours of May 6, 2020, a 16-year-old male suffered a broken collarbone in and around the time of his arrest in Kingston. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Kingston Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the youth’s arrest and injury.

29 July, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Toronto Arrest

In the evening of April 1, 2020, a 38-year-old man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers and suffered a fractured nose in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

28 July, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Collision that Occurred When a Police SUV Broadsided a Civilian Vehicle in Peterborough

In the evening of October 22, 2019, a 29-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on Sherbrooke Street in Peterborough when her vehicle was broadsided by a police cruiser proceeding south through the intersection at Clonsilla Avenue. The woman’s vehicle was propelled in a southeasterly direction into a private driveway at the corner of the intersection, where it collided with a parked pickup truck. The police officer was en route to the scene of a call for service involving an incident with a knife. The woman was subsequently removed from her vehicle and attended hospital, where she was diagnosed with a concussion. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the woman’s serious injury.

28 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Mississauga Arrest

On April 10, 2020, a 67-year-old man suffered burns to his head and neck area in and around the time of his arrest at the hands of Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any PRP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

27 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Brampton Arrest

In the early morning hours of November 10, 2019, a 24-year-old man suffered serious head injuries while being arrested outside his residence by two Peel Regional Police officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that one of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

27 July, 2020

Use of Force by Officers, Including ARWEN and CEW Discharges, Deemed to be Reasonably Necessary in Apprehension of Man in Georgetown

On the morning of January 22, 2020, Halton Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to an address in Georgetown to apprehend a 46-year-old man who, it had been reported, was in mental distress and had guns in the house. Over the course of the next several hours, police tried several options in order to engage the man and convince him to leave the residence without his firearms. When the man exited his home from the rear patio door, attempts were made to continue negotiations with the man. Finally, an officer discharged his Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield at the man multiple times, and another officer discharged his conducted energy weapon. The man was arrested and taken to hospital where it was discovered that he had sustained a fracture of one kneecap. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers involved in the arrest of the man committed a criminal offence in relation to his injury.

27 July, 2020

SIU Continues Investigation into Man’s Fatal Fall from Overpass to Highway in Brockville

On July 25, 2020, a 56-year-old man fell from the North Augusta Road overpass in Brockville to the westbound on-ramp for Highway 401. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Moments before his fall, Brockville Police Service officers had approached the man on the overpass.

25 July, 2020

SIU Investigating Man’s Fatal Fall from Overpass to Highway in Brockville

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 56-year-old man earlier today in Brockville.

24 July, 2020

While Man’s Fractured Ribs Were a Result of Force Used During Hamilton Arrest, SIU Determines Officers Acted Lawfully

In the afternoon of April 8, 2019, a 55-year-old man was arrested by two Hamilton Police Service officers in the backyard of his home. The man was taken from the scene to hospital, where he was diagnosed with broken ribs, the result of force used during his arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the officers acted lawfully in their dealings with the man, and accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case.

24 July, 2020

July 24 Update: SIU Investigation into January Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Mississauga

The SIU’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 28-year-old Jamal Francique – who was fatally shot during an interaction with Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers on January 7, 2020 in Mississauga – is ongoing. While the fieldwork has been substantially completed, the investigation remains open pending receipt of additional information.

24 July, 2020

SIU Investigating Circumstances Surrounding Fatal King Township Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision that occurred this morning in King Township. 

24 July, 2020

SIU Seeking Assistance to Identify Cyclist Who was Killed in a Collision in King Township

This morning, a man was riding a bicycle in King Township when he was struck by a vehicle in the area of Keele Street and Cavell Avenue. Prior to the collision, the vehicle that struck the man was being investigated by a York Regional Police officer. The cyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.

23 July, 2020

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

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

21 July, 2020

Officer’s Use of Cruiser to Strike Man in Ottawa Constituted Permissible Force; No Charges to Issue

On the evening of February 25, 2020, Ottawa Police Service officers responded to an address following a call to police reporting that a 61-year-old man had threatened his daughter with a knife. Soon after officers arrived, the man approached the driver’s side of one of the cruisers and swung a knife at the officer through the partially open driver’s-side window. The officer was not struck and closed his window fully. As a result, two other officers who were outside their cruiser drew their firearms. When the man began to move towards one of those officers, that officer re-entered his cruiser and decided to use his vehicle as a weapon. The cruiser accelerated forward, and its front right bumper collided with the man. The impact felled the man and dispossessed him of the knife. He was arrested and transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with multiple rib fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an OPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man Outside Scarborough Home

On June 29, 2019, a 59-year-old man was arrested by a Toronto Police Service officer outside his home and suffered a fractured shoulder in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

20 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Thunder Bay

On the morning of March 24, 2020, a Thunder Bay Police Service officer observed a vehicle being driven by a 32-year-old man. The man was in breach of a driver’s licence suspension and a non-communication / no-contact court order with respect to another individual. When the man parked, the officer approached and took him into custody. The man was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right hand. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

20 July, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Scarborough Arrest of Teen

On the evening of November 15, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers were patrolling the area of 400 McCowan Road when they came upon a 14-year-old male who was outside his residence, which was a violation of a condition of his recognizance. When one of the officers called out to the teenager, he ran away and the officers pursued him on foot. The officers caught up to the teenager and arrested him. From the police station, the teen was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured clavicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed.

17 July, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Ottawa Arrest of Man

In the early morning hours of December 31, 2019, a 47-year-old man was arrested by several Ottawa Police Service officers, reportedly suffering a broken humerus in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer who was involved in the arrest committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

17 July, 2020

July 17, 2020 Update on SIU Investigation into Woman’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

The SIU investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet – who fell from a Toronto apartment balcony on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – is ongoing.  While the fieldwork has been completed, the file remains open pending receipt of additional information from counsel for Ms. Korchinski-Paquet’s family. 

16 July, 2020

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Brant Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to a Brant collision that occurred last month, and which resulted in serious injuries to a 36-year-old man.

16 July, 2020

July 16 Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Haliburton County

The province’s Special Investigations continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal police-involved shooting yesterday of a 73-year-old man in Haliburton County. 

16 July, 2020

Former Peel Regional Police Officer Faces Charges in Relation to Mississauga Shooting

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a former Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed criminal offences in relation to a shooting that occurred in May. As a result, Director Martino has caused charges to be laid against the former officer.  

15 July, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Haliburton County

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred today in Haliburton County. 

13 July, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Arrest in Harrow

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 26-year-old man in Harrow.

10 July, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Peterborough Collision Between SUV and Police Van

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a collision that occurred in May between a police van and an SUV in Peterborough, which resulted in a 64-year-old woman sustaining a serious injury. 

10 July, 2020

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

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

9 July, 2020

SIU Releases 2019 Annual Report

Today, the province’s Special Investigations Unit released its 2019 Annual Report.

9 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Police Pursuit that Preceded Mississauga Collision Between Vehicle and Dump Truck

In the afternoon of April 17, 2020, a 21-year-old woman was a passenger in a Honda Accord when the vehicle was involved in an accident with a dump truck at the intersection of Mavis Road and the eastbound exit ramp of Highway 401. The woman broke a finger in the collision. Moments before the collision, an Ontario Provincial Police officer had attempted to pull over the Honda for a speeding infraction and then briefly pursued the vehicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

9 July, 2020

July 9, 2020 Update: Man Who was Shot by Police Officers in Hamilton has Died

On July 7, 2020, the SIU commenced an investigation into a police-involved shooting in Hamilton. As a result of the shooting, a 42-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. While in hospital, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on July 8, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. 

9 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Leamington Arrest

On the morning of March 26, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to the premises of a medical cannabis growing operation in Leamington. They had been sent following calls reporting that someone had been caught breaking and entering into the business. The officers arrived to find a person of interest – a 42-year-old man – in rough shape, and surrounded by workers and security personnel. In the course of the man’s arrest, he was punched and kneed a number of times by officers before he was handcuffed. He was subsequently transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that whether the officers injured the man in their encounter, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

8 July, 2020

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Arrest of Man at Guelph Plaza

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest last week of a 32-year-old man in Guelph. 

8 July, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision

On the morning of December 13, 2019, a 40-year-old man drove the vehicle he was operating into a utility pole on the northeast corner of the Parliament and Shuter Streets intersection, suffering a fractured left clavicle in the process. At the time of the collision, the driver was being pursued by a Toronto Police Service officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined he is unable to reasonably conclude that the officer contributed to the accident in any way that could attract criminal sanction, or that the officer otherwise drove dangerously in violation of the criminal law.

8 July, 2020

July 8, 2020 Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Hamilton Police-Involved Shooting

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the police-involved shooting of a 42-year-old man yesterday in Hamilton.

7 July, 2020

Woman Broke Her Own Nose While in Police Cell; SIU Terminates St. Thomas Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 36-year-old woman while she was lodged in a police station cell in St. Thomas.

7 July, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Hamilton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting that occurred today in Hamilton. 

6 July, 2020

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Relation to Highway 417 Collision near Embrun

On the morning of June 24, 2019, a 60-year-old man was involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered a fractured vertebra in the process. Prior to the collision, the man had been fleeing Ottawa Police Service officers who were pursuing him south on St. Guillaume Road toward Embrun. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the pursuit’s lead police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the circumstances surrounding the collision and the man’s injuries.  

6 July, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to St. Catharines Arrest

In the morning hours of December 29, 2019, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers were dispatched to a Tim Hortons in St. Catharines for a reported assault. A 32-year-old man was arrested and placed in the police cruiser. Soon after the officers released the man conditionally, an interaction ensued, and the man was arrested and transported to the police station. He was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken ankle.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an NRPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the Complainant’s arrest and injury.

3 July, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Brampton Arrest

On the evening of November 17, 2019, a 46-year-old man was a passenger in a Honda Civic involved in a collision with other vehicles at the intersection of Main and Queen Streets in Brampton. The man was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

3 July, 2020

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man Inside Ottawa Police Service headquarters

On September 23, 2019, a 21-year-old man walked into the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) headquarters and said he wanted to confess a murder. The man was interviewed by an OPS officer, who realized the man’s story was fictitious. When the officer asked the man to leave, the man refused. A physical struggle ensued and the man was subsequently arrested. The man was later transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fracture of his right orbital bone. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

June

30 June, 2020

SIU Determines Force Used Against Man in Windsor Arrest was not Excessive

On September 11, 2019, members of the ROPE (Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement) squad were in the area of Park Street West and Janette Avenue in Windsor for surveillance. Shortly after 11 a.m., an officer came upon an unrelated incident which he believed to be one of domestic violence, and he intervened. He radioed his colleagues for assistance, and a 25-year-old man was arrested.  During the course of the arrest, the man sustained a broken nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officers transgressed the limits of the criminal law at any point.  Accordingly, there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges against any of the officers, and the file is closed.

30 June, 2020

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Cornwall Case

In the early morning hours of January 7, 2020, a 32-year-old man fled his home after having ingested a large quantity of medication.  Concerned for his safety, an individual called 911 and paramedics and Cornwall Police Service officers were dispatched. An officer located the man in the area of a car wash on Brookdale Avenue. Shortly, the man pulled a knife out of his pocket, prompting the officer to draw his conducted energy weapon (CEW). The man then cut his throat with a knife causing serious injury. At about the same time, the officer discharged his CEW at the man, but the deployment had no effect. The officer provided care to the man until paramedics arrived and transported him to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for criminal charges in this case, and the file is closed.

30 June, 2020

SIU Determines No Toronto Officer Committed a Criminal Offence in Connection With Man’s Injury

In the evening hours of January 30, 2020, a 32-year-old man suffered an injury while in the custody of Toronto Police Service officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the involved officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

30 June, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting that occurred tonight in Brampton.

29 June, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Peterborough Fatal Police-Involved Shooting and Pursuit that Preceded Collision

On July 23, 2019, following a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a stolen red Mustang, a Peterborough Police Service officer located the vehicle and initiated a vehicular pursuit. The pursuit ended when the Mustang became involved in a collision with another motor vehicle. As a result of the collision, a 64-year-old woman from the second vehicle sustained a broken arm. After a stand-off with police, the driver of the stolen motor vehicle was shot and killed by an officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file is closed.

29 June, 2020

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Relation to Arrest of Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force

In the early morning hours of August 11, 2019, a 46-year-old man was arrested by members of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force (ETF) and suffered injuries in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer in charge of the ETF team committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

27 June, 2020

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Toronto Police Service Officer Committed Criminal Offence in Connection with Man’s Injury

In the evening hours of January 26, 2020, a 31-year-old man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers and transported to the police station. Upon arrival at the station, the man was belligerent and uncooperative. Following a strip search, the man was lodged in a cell. He was subsequently transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a single right-sided rib fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

26 June, 2020

Officer Acted Lawfully in Hamilton Arrest of Man; No Charges to Issue

On November 21, 2019, a Hamilton Police Service officer received information that a 27-year-old man was in possession of a stolen truck. The officer located the truck in a parking lot of a residential building. When the man exited the building and attempted to gain access to the truck, the officer formed the necessary grounds to believe that the man was in possession of stolen property and he therefore had the necessary grounds to place him under arrest. During the course of arresting the man, the officer took him to the ground, resulting in the man sustaining a broken clavicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the officer acted lawfully throughout the incident. Accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges and the file is closed.

25 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto Police Station Parking Lot

On the afternoon of December 6, 2019, a 50-year-old man struck a gate while in the 13 Division police station parking lot. When Toronto Police Service officers approached the vehicle to investigate what had happened, the man refused to exit his vehicle. A struggle ensued between the officers and the man, with included the use of an ASP baton and conducted energy weapon discharges by police. The man suffered a series of facial fractures in and around the right eye. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the officers who dealt with the man to place him under arrest acted lawfully throughout their encounter. As such, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against any of the officers.

25 June, 2020

No Grounds to Charge North Bay Police Officer in Relation to Canadian Tire Parking Lot Incident

On the morning of November 20, 2019, a North Bay Police Service officer observed a 28-year-old man operating a pickup truck in violation of a driving prohibition. The officer followed the man into a Canadian Tire parking lot, parked his unmarked vehicle behind the pickup truck, and made his way to the driver’s door intending to effect an arrest. At the sight of the officer, the man placed his pickup into gear, reversed a couple of times, striking the officer’s vehicle in the process, and drove away. The man was arrested two days later, at which time he claimed that the officer had injured his left hand during their earlier encounter. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

25 June, 2020

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Arrest in Community of Harrow

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to an interaction that occurred earlier this week in Harrow between Ontario Provincial Police officers and a 26-year-old man.

24 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officers in Relation to Interaction in Toronto Police Station Search Room

On June 24, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers arrested a 24-year-old man for assault at the York University, and transported him to the police station. While in a search room, the man resisted the officers’ efforts to search him and a struggle ensued in the course of which the man was taken to the ground. The search was completed and the man was lodged in a cell. After being released from custody, the man attended hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured rib. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges in this case.

23 June, 2020

Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Man’s Fatal Fall from Balcony in London

The SIU continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man last month in London. On the night of May 5, 2020, London Police Service officers responded to an apartment unit after receiving a call regarding a person in distress. While officers were outside the front door of the 15th floor unit, a 26-year-old man fell from the balcony to the ground below. The man was transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on May 8, 2020. 

23 June, 2020

Update: SIU Investigation into Peel Regional Police-Involved Shooting Nearing Completion

On the night of May 10, 2020, 34-year-old Chantelle Krupka was shot by a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer during an interaction at a residence in Mississauga. The SIU’s investigation is nearing completion. 

21 June, 2020

Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Malton Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 62-year-old man last night in Malton. During an interaction with police at the man’s home, an officer discharged his firearm at the man multiple times, and the man was struck. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. At the request of the family, the Unit is not releasing the man’s name. This is in accordance with the SIU’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin.

20 June, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Malton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 62-year-old man who was shot by a Peel Regional Police officer on June 20, 2020.

19 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer who Used Police Service Dog to Apprehend Man in Oshawa

On the evening of November 12, 2019, a 27-year-old man who was under police guard escaped from an Oshawa hospital. Based on information received, officers located the man at an apartment building. A police service dog was used in the man’s apprehension and inflicted several bite wounds to the man’s left leg. While the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, says the officers may have been better advised to confront the man ahead of releasing the dog, Director Martino has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case.

19 June, 2020

SIU Determines Use of ARWEN by OPP Officer to Arrest Man in White River was Reasonably Necessary

On December 10, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers attended an address in White River following complaints from a woman that a 33-year-old man had threatened to kill her and her daughter. While the officers maintained containment around the residence, the man refused to come out. The following morning, the man emerged from the residence and an interaction ensued. In the course of that interaction, the man was struck several times by rounds discharged by an officer’s Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed   with a fractured right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.

19 June, 2020

Update: SIU Investigation into Fatal Brampton Collision

The SIU continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision that occurred yesterday in Brampton. As a result of the collision, a 37-year-old woman and her three daughters – ages one, four and six – tragically lost their lives. At the request of the family, the Unit is not releasing the names of any individuals at this time. This is in accordance with the SIU’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin.

18 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Toronto Arrest

In the early morning hours of August 18, 2019, a 36-year-old man was arrested for assault by Toronto Police Service officers. He was subsequently taken to hospital and diagnosed with right-sided fractures of his jaw and orbital bone. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that one of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

18 June, 2020

Due to Lack of Cooperation, SIU Terminates Investigation into Oxford County Arrest of Woman

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 46-year-old woman last month by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Oxford County.

18 June, 2020

SIU Investigating Circumstances Surrounding Fatal Brampton Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a tragic collision that occurred today in Brampton. As a result of the collision, a 37-year-old woman and her three daughters – ages one, four and six – lost their lives.

17 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Man’s Fall from Balcony in Oakville

On February 16, 2020, Halton Regional Police Service officers attended a second-floor unit of a residential complex on Speers Road in Oakville to investigate a taxi fare fraud. Around the time officers entered the unit, the subject of the investigation – a 40-year-old man - fled through the sliding balcony doors onto the balcony and fell over the railing. He suffered multiple fractures in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

16 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Arrest of Man in Ottawa Apartment

In the evening of January 5, 2018, a 26-year-old man was arrested by Ottawa Police Service officers in relation to a domestic assault and subsequently released on a promise to appear. A week later, the man attended hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved in the arrest committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

16 June, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Woman in King City by Peel Regional Police Officers

On January 31, 2020, criminal investigation bureau (CIB) officers from Peel Regional Police were following a stolen van. As the van entered the City of King, the driver lost control of the van and drove into a snowbank at 16th Sideroad and Dufferin Street. As the 31-year-old female driver and her passenger attempted to remove the van from the snowbank, CIB officers moved in to arrest them. The driver was later taken to hospital where she was found to have sustained a broken right-handed finger. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case.

15 June, 2020

SIU Investigating Collision in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a multi-vehicle collision that occurred last night in Scarborough, resulting in serious injuries to two people.

15 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Incident at Gananoque Police Service Headquarters

On the night of March 5, 2020, a 36-year-old man was arrested without incident by a Gananoque Police Service officer for the theft of a motor vehicle. The man was taken to the police station and lodged in a cell. Several hours later, the man was observed on a video monitor to be wrapping his belt around his neck as a ligature. An officer arrived at the cell, opened the door, and removed the man’s belt. The man then pushed past the officer. He had made it as far as the booking area when he was pushed from behind by the officer into a metal table. Following a struggle between the man and two officers, the man was returned to his cell. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and the two broken ribs he sustained. 

15 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Pickup Truck Driver in Brampton Who Collided with Multiple Cruisers

In the early morning hours of December 4, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to investigate a suspicious pickup truck in Brampton. Two cruisers surrounded the parked pickup truck, but the 38-year-old driver struck the cruisers and managed to get away. Officers pursued the vehicle. Two officers deployed stop-sticks across the road, resulting in the tires of the pickup truck deflating. The vehicle was forced to a stop in the area of Advance Boulevard and Dixie Road, but not before the driver struck another cruiser. The driver exited the vehicle, and after a struggle, he was arrested. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined all the involved officers acted lawfully throughout their dealings with the man. Accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file is closed.

14 June, 2020

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Burlington Collision

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained yesterday by a 29-year-old man in Burlington.

14 June, 2020

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Incident in Waterloo Detention Unit

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe a Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an interaction with a 44-year-old man in March of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

12 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Lake Nipissing Drowning Death; Officers went Above and Beyond in Attempt to Save Man’s Life

On the evening of October 1, 2019, the North Bay Fire Service was dispatched to a reported car fire. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters were informed that the driver of the car had gone towards Lake Nipissing. The firefighters went in that direction, and observed a man more than 100 metres from the shore. Emergency Medical Services and North Bay Police Service officers arrived, and along with the firefighters, tried to convince the man to come out of the water. Shortly after, the man disappeared below the water’s surface and did not reappear. Attempts were made to search for the man, but to no avail. His body was recovered the following day by an OPP underwater search and recovery team. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the officers went above and beyond what was required in the line of duty to save the man’s life, and as such, there are no reasonable grounds to proceed with criminal charges.  

12 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Ottawa

On the morning of April 12, 2020, a 29-year-old man was arrested by Ottawa Police Service officers and suffered a broken right pelvis in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

11 June, 2020

June 11, 2020 Update: Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal police-involved shooting of 26-year-old D’Andre Campbell in Brampton on April 6, 2020. 

11 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Any Officer Involved in Arrest of Man in Ottawa

On the evening of August 18, 2019, the Ottawa Police Service received a number of 911 calls complaining of a vehicle that was being driven in a dangerous manner. Officers located the vehicle and proceeded to arrest the driver. However, the driver – a 33-year-old man – violently resisted the efforts of the police officers, and on multiple occasions attempted to grab onto the use of force options on the officers’ duty belts. The man was eventually subdued and placed in a cruiser. He was diagnosed with a fracture of the orbital bone. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case.

11 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Connection with Woman’s Detention and Injury in Hamilton

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on July 9, 2019, an occupant of a Hamilton residence contacted 911 reporting that she had been assaulted by another woman. Officers were dispatched to the area and located the person of interest. The 32-year-old woman was apprehended and subsequently taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured right hand. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no trustworthy evidence that any of the officers did anything untoward in their dealings with the woman. Accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed.

10 June, 2020

Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping from Balcony; SIU Terminates London Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 30-year-old month in London in April.

10 June, 2020

June 10, 2020 Update: SIU Investigation into Woman’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

The SIU investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet – who fell from a Toronto apartment balcony on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – continues. 

9 June, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Vaughan

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

9 June, 2020

Man Sustained Injury After Jumping out of Apartment Window; SIU Terminates North Bay Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 38-year-old man in April in North Bay.

9 June, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Windsor Arrest as No Serious Injury Sustained

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in April between a 29-year-old man and Windsor Police Service officers.

8 June, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Guelph

On September 30, 2019, Guelph Police Service (GPS) officers attended a residence and placed a 32-year-old woman under arrest for the offences of assault and mischief to property, contrary to the Criminal Code. Following her arrest, the woman was transported to the GPS station and lodged in a cell. She was later transported to hospital where she was diagnosed as having sustained a fracture to one of her ribs. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the involved police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury.

5 June, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Man’s Self-Inflicted Death in Mississauga

In the morning hours of August 25, 2019, a 37-year-old man suffered a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A number of Peel Regional Police officers had been searching for him at the time and were present when the man shot himself.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who had located the man committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

5 June, 2020

Man Dislocated Shoulder After Jumping Fence; SIU Terminates Chatham-Kent Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an April incident that occurred in Chatham-Kent.

5 June, 2020

SIU Finds Use of Force, Including Multiple CEW Deployments, was Lawful in Oshawa Arrest

On the evening of January 26, 2020, a 44-year-old man was arrested by Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers and subsequently diagnosed with a fractured right mandible. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a DRPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

4 June, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Man’s Fatal Jump from Mississauga Overpass

In the early morning hours of September 6, 2019, a 27-year-old man fell to his death off the Derry Road overpass onto the southbound lanes of Hwy 410. Seconds prior to his death, two officers had arrived on the overpass to render assistance to the man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

4 June, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Toronto Arrest

On the afternoon of November 1, 2019, a 61-year-old man suffered a broken right hip in the course of his arrest by Toronto Police Service (TPS) drug squad officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a TPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

4 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Windsor Arrest

On May 7, 2019, Windsor Police Service officers were looking to locate a 27-year-old man as they had information he carried a firearm and had in the past rammed police vehicles while fleeing from apprehension. Officers located the man asleep in a parked SUV. but he managed to get away. A short time later, police found the man on the premises of a gas station and a struggle ensued. The man was arrested and taken to the police station. Thereafter, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractured right-sided ribs. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

3 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue Against Officer in Relation to Markham Fatal Collision

On December 31, 2019, a York Regional Police officer was on patrol when she observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the vehicle with the intention of stopping it. When the officer lost sight of the vehicle, she turned off her lights and siren, slowed down and disengaged. In the area of Ninth Line and Elgin Mills Road East, the vehicle of interest collided with another vehicle, injuring a 68-year-old man from the second vehicle. CPR was administered, but the man succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the man’s needless and tragic death.

3 June, 2020

June 3, 2020 Update: SIU Investigation into Woman’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

The SIU investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet – who fell from a Toronto apartment balcony on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – continues.  Yesterday, SIU investigators interviewed an additional two civilian witnesses.  A canvass of the area for potential additional witnesses is ongoing. 

2 June, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into North Bay Apprehension of Woman

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the January apprehension of a 27-year-old woman in North Bay. The SIU was made aware of the incident on May 6, 2020.

1 June, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Richmond Hill

On December 14, 2019, a 45-year-old man was arrested at his residence in Richmond Hill and diagnosed later that day with a fractured left ankle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a York Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

1 June, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Shooting Death of Man in Kingston

On the afternoon of September 12, 2019, a Kingston Police officer was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by a pedestrian who reported that a man was up the street stabbing people. The officer immediately attended and attempted to arrest the 22-year-old man. During the interaction, the officer discharged his firearm and the man was fatally shot. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the discharge of his firearm and the subsequent death of the man.

1 June, 2020

June 1, 2020 Update: SIU Investigation into Woman’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

SIU investigators are continuing their work to determine what transpired before the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from a Toronto apartment balcony on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

May

29 May, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Firearm Discharge by Police Officer in Mississauga; Man was Not Injured

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the August 2019 police-involved shooting in Mississauga.

29 May, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Toronto Arrest

On the morning of August 26, 2019, a 45-year-old man was arrested in an apartment building by Emergency Task Force officers with the Toronto Police Service. In the process, the man suffered a fractured jaw. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

29 May, 2020

Update: SIU Investigation into Woman’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

The Special Investigations Unit continues to make progress in its investigation of the events leading up to the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from a Toronto apartment balcony on Wednesday.

28 May, 2020

Man’s Death at Elliot Lake Probation and Parole Office was Self-Inflicted; No Charges to Issue Against any OPP Officer

On the morning of April 20, 2020, a 49-year-old man attended the Elliot Lake Probation and Parole Office for a scheduled meeting. A few minutes later, two Ontario Provincial Police officers arrived at the office to arrest the man for having breached a condition of a prohibition order. At news that the officers were there to arrest him, the man became agitated and asked that the officers not enter the room he was in. Shortly thereafter, the man shot himself with a handgun he had retrieved from his waistband. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the man was alone responsible for his self-inflicted death, and thus there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case against any police officer.

28 May, 2020

SIU Continues Investigation into Woman’s Death in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old woman yesterday in Toronto. She fell from the balcony of a 24th floor apartment unit while Toronto Police Service officers were in the building. A post-mortem will be conducted this afternoon.

28 May, 2020

Officer Did Not Cause or Contribute to Sarnia Motorcycle Collision; No Charges to Issue

In the early morning hours of September 11, 2019, the Sarnia Police Service received a report of a motorcycle having been stolen. Shortly thereafter, the motorcycle was spotted and two officers in separate vehicles attempted to stop it. The motorcycle operator, a 35-year-old man, lost control of the motorcycle and crashed it in an intersection. He was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with having sustained a fractured right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer either caused or contributed to the collision in question, or otherwise drove dangerously in violation of the Criminal Code.

27 May, 2020

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

On December 21, 2019, a 41-year-old man suffered a fracture to his right upper arm while being arrested at an address in Corunna by several Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

27 May, 2020

No Basis to Charge York Regional Police Officer in Relation to Toronto Incident that Saw SUV Collide with Gas Tanker and GO Bus

In the early morning hours of October 15, 2019, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were seriously injured when the SUV in which they were occupants was involved in a motor vehicle collision in a Toronto intersection. Moments prior to the collision, a York Regional Police officer had briefly pursued the SUV. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

27 May, 2020

SIU Investigating Falling Death of Woman in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old woman this evening in Toronto.

26 May, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest Outside of Walmart in St. Catharines

On November 17, 2019, a Walmart store employee in St. Catharines notified police that a man was behaving strangely, and that store management wished to have him removed from the property. Police attended and arrested the man outside of the store. Once the 35-year-old man was handcuffed, it was discovered that he had a cut under his right eye which was bleeding heavily. At hospital, the man was assessed as having a fracture to the orbital bone of his right eye. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the level of force used by police was reasonably necessary in the circumstances, and as such, no charges will issue.

26 May, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Pickering Arrest

On October 11, 2019, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers were dispatched to a residence in Pickering following a 911 call from the home reporting that a man was in possession of a knife, and there was concern about his behavior. Upon their arrival, the officers saw the 63-year-old man outside his residence and holding the knife. When the man would not drop his knife after being repeatedly asked to do so, an officer discharged his conducted energy weapon at the man. The man was arrested and transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured wrist. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a DRPS committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

25 May, 2020

Officer Acted Lawfully in Scarborough Arrest of Woman; No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges

On October 4, 2019, a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer arrested a 37-year-old woman in Scarborough on an outstanding warrant for theft. Following the arrest, the woman was transported to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fracture to her left ankle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the TPS officer acted other than lawfully throughout his dealings with the woman, and therefore there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges and the file is closed.

25 May, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to St. Thomas Arrest

On the evening of November 23, 2019, a 33-year-old man was arrested by St. Thomas Police Service officers and suffered injuries in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

22 May, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Woman at Police Station in Niagara Falls

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year-old woman yesterday in Niagara Falls.

22 May, 2020

Man Injured Hip After Fall in Hospital Waiting Room; SIU Terminates Hamilton Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 78-year-old man earlier this month in Hamilton. 

21 May, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Victoria Harbour

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 77-year-old man yesterday in Victoria Harbour.

21 May, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Case Where OPP Officer Shot Man in Toronto

In the early afternoon hours of October 9, 2019, in Toronto, a 26-year-old man was shot and wounded by an Ontario Provincial Police officer in the course of his arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

20 May, 2020

Arrest of Man in London was Lawful; SIU Closes File

On August 9, 2019, London Police Service (LPS) officers were dispatched to a residence for a domestic incident. When the first officer arrived, a 30-year-old man was brandishing a toy knife and goading the officer to fight him. The officer ordered the man to drop the knife and, when the man did not cooperate, the officer took the man to the floor. Other officers arrived to assist with the arrest. While in police cells, the man complained of pain in his right hand. He was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with having sustained a fractured metacarpal.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that whether or not the first officer caused or contributed to the man’s injury, there is no basis to believe that the officer acted other than lawfully in his dealings with the man.

20 May, 2020

Man Arrested in Ottawa for Outstanding Warrant Held by Smith Falls Police Service; No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Ottawa Police Service Officers

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on September 16, 2019, a 43-year-old man was arrested by Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers on an outstanding warrant held by the Smith Falls Police Service (SFPS). The man was transported to the OPS station, where he was held pending the arrival of SFPS officers. When the man was picked up by the SFPS, the officers noticed that he had swelling and bruising to his left eye and cheek. The man alleged that an OPS officer had struck him during his arrest. The man was taken to hospital where a CT scan revealed that he had sustained a comminuted fracture involving the wall of the left orbit. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the evidence establishes that the man was not assaulted during the course of his arrest, nor was any force used against him by either of the police officers involved in his arrest. As such, no charges will issue and this file is closed.

15 May, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Connection with Man’s Death in Lac Seul

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, says he is unable to form reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 38-year-old man in Kejick Bay, Lac Seul First Nation, on November 19, 2019.

15 May, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Brantford Inn

On November 3, 2019, the Hamilton Police Service Emergency Response Unit was called out to an inn in the City of Brantford in regard to a 33-year-old man who was believed to be inside the inn, and who was wanted in relation to a double homicide investigation. After evacuating the guests, attempts were made to contact the man but there was no response from within the man’s room. Shortly after, a single gunshot was heard coming from within the room. Upon entering the room, police officers discovered the man to be vital signs absent on the bed with a gunshot wound and a handgun under his left hand. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds for proceeding with criminal charges in connection with the man’s death.

15 May, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Woman’s Fall from Barrie Apartment Balcony

On March 25, 2020, two officers with the Barrie Police Service attended a 10th floor unit in an apartment building to check on the well-being of a 79-year-old woman. The officers knocked on the door, announced who they were and indicated they were there to make sure she was fine. There was no response. When one of the officers went to the main floor to get a key to the unit, he was informed that the woman was lying on the ground at the rear of the building. First aid was rendered, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s falling death.

14 May, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Mississauga

In the early morning hours of October 11, 2019, a 43-year-old man was arrested by Peel Regional Police officers in Mississauga. He was subsequently taken to hospital and diagnosed with a minor collapse of his lower left lung and a small puncture wound to the lower right torso. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a PRP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

14 May, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Ripley

On the night of January 6, 2020, in Ripley, a 21-year-old man assaulted an individual in the area of Ripley Street. The individual managed to get away. A short time later, the 21-year-old man assaulted another individual in the area. Civilians managed to pin the man on the ground while awaiting the arrival of Ontario Provincial Police officers. Following his arrest, the man was taken to the police station and lodged in cells. He was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right hand. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, says the man’s hand injury appeared to have occurred prior to the officers arriving at the scene, and there is no evidence that any of the arresting officers acted other than professionally throughout their dealings with the man. Accordingly, there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges against any police officer in this case and the file is closed. 

13 May, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Markham

On the night of August 15, 2019, a York Regional Police officer was on patrol in Markham when he observed a 37-year-old man, whom he knew to be wanted on several arrest warrants. The officer placed the man under arrest, during the course of which the man sustained a broken nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

13 May, 2020

Use of Police Dog in Mississauga Arrest Determined to be Reasonable

On the afternoon of December 3, 2019, Peel Regional Police was notified that an impaired driver had crashed his pickup truck in the  parking lot of a self-storage facility on Summerville Court in Mississauga. Officers arrived at the scene and soon after located the driver – a 41-year-old man – inside his storage unit. When the man was confronted by officers outside the unit, the man refused to show them both hands or assist in lifting the door. The officers lifted the door, and one of the officers released his police dog. The dog proceeded to bite into the man’s lower left leg. With the dog still latched to the leg, officers entered the unit and arrested the man. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed and treated for several lacerations and puncture wounds. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the dog’s handler committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

13 May, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to U-Haul Truck Collision in White River, and Snowmobile Collision in Wawa

On November 25, 2019, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a 911 call reporting that the driver of a U-Haul truck had filled up at a gas station on Highway 17 in White River and left without paying. An officer who was in the area spotted the truck and initiated a brief pursuit, which was terminated soon after. At some point, the U-Haul truck became involved in a collision. The occupants abandoned the truck and fled on a snowmobile. Shortly thereafter, the snowmobile crashed, resulting in serious injuries to a 29-year-old man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with charges against an OPP officer, and the file is closed.

12 May, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest of Man in Timmins

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the November arrest of a 36-year-old man. The SIU became aware of the incident on January 10, 2020. 

12 May, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Welland Fatal Collision Involving Motorcycle

On August 16, 2019, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer was driving his cruiser in Welland when he observed a motorcycle being operated at a high rate of speed. With the intention of stopping the motorcycle, the officer turned on his emergency lighting system and made a U-turn to follow. However, for safety purposes, the officer immediately turned off his emergency lights and abandoned any possible vehicular pursuit before it had even started. A short time later, the motorcycle became involved in a collision with another vehicle. The 25-year-old motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

11 May, 2020

SIU Investigating After Woman Shot by Police Officer in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting that occurred last night in Mississauga.

10 May, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in North Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 60-year-old man this morning in North Bay.

8 May, 2020

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Brantford Police-Involved Shooting

On the morning of July 31, 2019, a 48-year-old man called 911 requesting police and paramedic assistance. The man advised the 911 operator that he would wait for police at the Polish Hall on Pearl Street in Brantford. Brantford Police Service officers were dispatched both to the man’s residence and to the Polish Hall, the latter being where the man was located. An interaction ensued between the man and officers, with two of the officers discharging their firearms. The man sustained multiple gunshot wounds resulting in severe injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence was committed by either police officer.

8 May, 2020

SIU Determines Officer Did Not Commit Criminal Offence in Relation to Fatal Shooting in Stone Mills

In the evening of November 12, 2019, a 48-year-old man was shot multiple times by an Ontario Provincial Police officer in the Township of Stone Mills, resulting in the man succumbing to his injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death

8 May, 2020

Officers Acted Lawfully in Arrest of Man at Toronto Hotel; No Charges to Issue

In the early morning of November 5, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers attended a hotel in Toronto after receiving information about an assault. Following a struggle between two police officers and a 52-year-old man, the man was arrested. He was taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

7 May, 2020

SIU Terminates Ottawa Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in March between Ottawa Police Service officers and a 42-year-old man. 

7 May, 2020

SIU Terminates Mississauga Investigation as Police Officer did Not Cause or Contribute to Man’s Injury

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

7 May, 2020

No Basis for Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Home Depot Parking Lot in Windsor

In the afternoon of October 29, 2019, a reportedly stolen SUV being operated by a 40-year-old man was under surveillance by officers with the Windsor Police Service officers. When the driver parked the SUV in a Home Depot parking lot, officers boxed it in to prevent the vehicle’s escape. The man put the SUV in motion and maneuvered it back and forth several times, striking police vehicles behind and in front of him, as officers yelled at him to stop and show his hands. The man was eventually removed from the vehicle and handcuffed. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

6 May, 2020

SIU Investigating Falling Injuries Sustained by Man in London

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the falling injuries sustained by a 26-year-old man last night in London.

6 May, 2020

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Hamilton Arrest

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an arrest that occurred earlier this week in Hamilton.

6 May, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Arrest of Bike Rider in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest of a man on August 12, 2019. The man, who had been riding a bike prior to his arrest, was diagnosed with a fractured jaw.

6 May, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Toronto Collision

On August 26, 2019, a Toronto Police Service officer attempted to stop an SUV for Highway Traffic Act infractions. The driver initially pulled over, but then fled. The officer followed. Moments later, the SUV struck a parked vehicle, and then collided with a Honda Civic being driven by a 35-year-old man. The driver of the Civic was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious injuries.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the circumstances surrounding the man’s injuries.

5 May, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Collision in Matheson Between Car and Tractor-Trailer

On the morning of September 24, 2019, a 28-year-old man was seriously injured when the vehicle he was driving struck a tractor-trailer on Highway 11 just south and east of Matheson, Ontario.  When the collision occurred, an Ontario Provincial Police officer had been following the driver at a distance. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries. 

5 May, 2020

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Elgin County Arrest

In the early morning hours of October 7, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a hemp farm located in Elgin County. There had been a break, enter and theft at the farm, with ten to twelve individuals fleeing into the adjoining fields. A 25-year-old man was located in the field and arrested. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with having sustained two non-displaced fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that none of the involved officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

4 May, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Fall from Toronto Apartment Balcony

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the falling injuries sustained by a 43-year-old man in February in Toronto. 

4 May, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision Between Police Vehicle and Civilian Vehicle

On the evening of September 18, 2019, an unmarked police vehicle was involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle in a Toronto intersection. A 21-year-old man was injured in the collision, having sustained a wrist fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, said while the officer was largely, if not solely, responsible for the collision, he is satisfied on balance that the manner in which the officer operated his police vehicle did not rise to the level necessary to meet the definition of dangerous driving.  

4 May, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Midland Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the October 2019 arrest of a 37-year-old man by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Midland. 

2 May, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting of a 29-year-old man this morning in Mississauga.

1 May, 2020

No Charges to Issue for Officer’s Use of Police Service Dog in Mississauga Arrest

On the night of July 24, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers engaged in a pursuit of a pickup truck which was reportedly involved in several break and enters and thefts. Sometime after the pursuit was terminated, that same pickup truck was found to have been involved in a collision. Two people from the truck were located at the scene, and after a search, two other individuals from the vehicle were located hiding in the backyard of a Mississauga residence. A police service dog entered the area and gripped one of the individuals – an 18-year-old female – causing a serious injury that required treatment at hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the arrest was lawful and that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the K-9 officer was criminally negligent in his use of the dog.

1 May, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Collision Between Motorcycle and Police SUV in West Lincoln

On August 24, 2019, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer was conducting speed enforcement in West Lincoln when he observed a motorcycle traveling westbound on Silver Street at a high rate of speed. The officer radioed this information to another officer. When the second officer motioned the 39-year-old motorcyclist to pull over, the man made a U-turn and accelerated away. Shortly thereafter, the motorcycle struck the first officer’s vehicle, which had been positioned across the eastbound lanes of traffic. The man was ejected from the motorcycle and transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with this case.

April

30 April, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Hamilton

On September 8, 2019, a 29-year-old man broke his left hip in the course of being arrested by two Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an HPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

30 April, 2020

Woman’s Injury not Caused by Police Officers; SIU Terminates Belleville Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained last month by a 43-year-old woman in Belleville. 

30 April, 2020

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Windsor Arrest

On the evening of August 6, 2019, Windsor Police Service (WPS) officers came across a 31-year-old man who was wanted on several outstanding charges. The man fled on foot and the officers pursued him. The man was arrested, taken to the police station and lodged in a cell. He was subsequently transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with the fracture of a left finger. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a WPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

30 April, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal police-involved shooting of a 30-year-old man today in Toronto.

29 April, 2020

Officer Did Not Cause or Contribute to Huntsville Collision; SIU Closes File

On August 23, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police officer was manning a simulated RIDE checkpoint in Huntsville when he signaled the driver of an Audi to stop. Instead, the driver sped off, almost striking the officer. The officer entered his police vehicle and pursued the Audi for a brief time before terminating the pursuit. Shortly thereafter, the Audi crashed into a parked car resulting in injuries to the 32-year-old male driver of the Audi and his 24-year-old female passenger. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer either caused or contributed to the collision in question, or otherwise drove dangerously in violation of the Criminal Code.

29 April, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest of a 52-year-old man in August of 2019.  Following his arrest, the man complained that he may have suffered a stroke or a heart attack and he was transported to hospital. Once at hospital, it was discovered that the man had fractured his right femur.

28 April, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation Man’s Arrest Outside Bar in Collingwood

At approximately 1 a.m. on July 28, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers attended a bar in Collingwood and arrested a 25-year-old man under the Liquor Licence Act. The man was transported to hospital and diagnosed with a broken nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the officers conducted themselves lawfully throughout the interaction. Accordingly, there are no grounds to proceed with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

28 April, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death Days After Imprisonment in Burk’s Fall OPP Cell

On March 15, 2019, a 54-year-old man passed away at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. He had been admitted to the hospital 11 days earlier following a cocaine overdose.  As the overdose reportedly occurred while the man was imprisoned in a cell of the Ontario Provincial Police Burk’s Falls Detachment, the SIU commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

24 April, 2020

Man Injured After Falling from Tree; SIU Terminates Simcoe County Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained earlier this month by a 35-year-old man in Adjala-Tosorontio, a township in Simcoe County. 

24 April, 2020

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to North Bay Arrest of Man

On August 20, 2019, a 59-year-old man sustained serious injuries, including a fractured hip, in the course of his arrest at an address on Main Street East in North Bay.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

24 April, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Collision in New Tecumseth

On the night of September 16, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police officer observed a vehicle travelling eastbound on 6th Line in New Tecumseth and noticed an issue with the rear licence plate. As a result, the officer made a U-turn to execute a vehicle stop. The driver of the vehicle accelerated, and the officer lost sight of the vehicle. Moments later, the vehicle ran a stop sign at the intersection of 5th Line and 20th Sideroad, striking a Volkswagen. The 23-year-old driver of the Volkswagen sustained serious injuries, and her passenger, a 36-year-old woman, was later pronounced dead at hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer either caused or contributed to the collision in question, or otherwise drove dangerously in violation of the Criminal Code.

22 April, 2020

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

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

22 April, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Niagara Falls

On March 3, 2019, a 54-year-old man suffered a fractured nose which was diagnosed following his arrest by Niagara Regional Police Service officers.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the involved officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

21 April, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Elliot Lake

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old man yesterday in Elliot Lake.

20 April, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Oshawa

In the early morning hours of December 23, 2018, a Durham Regional Police Service officer was on patrol in his cruiser taking part in the service’s RIDE program. After observing a 23-year-old man leave a bar and enter a vehicle, the officer followed the vehicle. When the vehicle came to a stop, the man was asked to take a roadside breath test. After learning that the test registered an “ALERT”, the man fled on foot into a forested area. Shortly thereafter, officers located the man and arrested him. Later that day, the man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured finger. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that whether the man’s injury occurred while he and the officer were physically engaged, or he was alone running to get away, the officer’s conduct was legally justified throughout and there are therefore no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case.

20 April, 2020

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to London Collision

On August 13, 2019, a 38-year-old man sustained a fractured ankle and a back injury when the motor vehicle in which he was the rear seat passenger collided with a tree. Immediately prior to the collision, the vehicle was being driven at high speeds in an attempt to evade an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, is unable to reasonably conclude that the manner in which the officer operated his cruiser ran afoul of the criminal law’s proscriptions, notwithstanding the speeds he reached during his engagement with the vehicle. Consequently, there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed.

18 April, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 32-year-old man last night in Toronto.

18 April, 2020

Update: Further Details Regarding SIU Death Investigation in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 32-year-old man last night in Toronto.

17 April, 2020

Police Officer Did Not Cause or Contribute to Motorcycle Collision in Essex County; No Charges to Issue

On July 19, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police officer observed a motorcycle being operated in Essex County, and made the decision to pursue it. When the 46-year-old operator of the motorcycle drove through a stop sign without stopping, the officer terminated the pursuit. Shortly thereafter, the motorcycle was involved in a collision with a parked motor vehicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to lay charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man.

16 April, 2020

Officer Faces Charges in Relation to London Collision between Police Vehicle and Taxi Cab that Injured Mother and Daughter

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed criminal offences in relation to a London collision that occurred in July of 2019 between a police vehicle and a taxi cab. As a result, Director Martino has caused charges to be laid against the officer.  

16 April, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Police-Involved Shooting in Toronto Restaurant Drive-thru

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to a police-involved shooting that occurred in the area of Jane Street and Falstaff Avenue in October of 2019. As a result of the shooting, a 29-year-old man was treated at hospital for gunshot wounds to his right shoulder blade, his right forearm, and his left thigh.  

15 April, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting of a 43-year-old man today in Scarborough.

15 April, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Police-Involved Shooting in Sudbury

In the evening of April 10, 2019, a 22-year-old man was in a pickup truck with his girlfriend parked at an Esso gas station on Regent Street in Sudbury when his vehicle was suddenly surrounded by the police. Officers with the Greater Sudbury Police Service officers had followed the truck to the location intending to arrest its occupants. Within seconds of the officers’ arrival, an officer discharged his firearm multiple times, resulting in the man being wounded. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

14 April, 2020

No Charges to Issues in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Lindsay

On July 8, 2019, a 75-year-old man was arrested in the parking lot of the Lindsay Recreation Complex by a City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service officer. The following morning, the man was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with an orbital fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to lay charges against the officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

14 April, 2020

Man Died After Sustaining Multiple Self-Inflicted Stab Wounds; SIU Closes File into Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 40-year-old man last month in Toronto. 

13 April, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Struck by Police Cruiser in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained by a 28-year-old man yesterday in the course of his arrest by police officers with the Toronto Police Service.

13 April, 2020

SIU Investigating Collision in Toronto Between Police Cruiser and Civilian Vehicle

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

10 April, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Fatally Shot by Police at Residence in Temiskaming Shores

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal police-involved shooting last night of a 43-year-old man in Temiskaming Shores.

9 April, 2020

Man Injured Hand When he Jumped from Bridge to Pathway; SIU Terminates Ottawa Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 31-year-old man last month in Ottawa.

9 April, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Huron County Apprehension of Man

On July 12, 2019, police were called to a residence in the Community of Vanastra, in Huron County, to assist paramedics who had attended to provide medical assistance to a 46-year-old man. Upon the arrival of police, they found the man to be highly intoxicated, combative, and belligerent. Based on comments made by the man, it was decided that he would be apprehended under the Mental Health Act. Following his apprehension, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed as having sustained a fracture to his right shoulder. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to lay charges against an Ontario Provincial Police officer in relation to this case.

8 April, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Highway 417 Collision near Arnprior that Resulted in the Deaths of Two People

On July 7, 2019, an Ottawa Police Service officer spotted a vehicle of interest, a Honda Civic, and proceeded to engage in a police pursuit on the 417 Highway in the Ottawa area. Shortly thereafter, the Civic crashed head-on into two motor vehicles, killing the 62-year-old female driver of one and seriously injuring the driver and passenger of another. The 36-year-old male driver of the Civic also died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the pursuing officer either caused or contributed to the collision in question, or otherwise drove dangerously in violation of the Criminal Code.  

8 April, 2020

UPDATE RE: Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal police-involved shooting of a 26-year-old man earlier this week in Brampton. One subject officer and four witness officers have been designated. A post-mortem was conducted this morning in Toronto.

7 April, 2020

Man in London Set Himself on Fire; No Charges Against Police in Relation to Incident

On August 2, 2019, a 49-year-old man attended an Immigration, Refugee, and Canadian Citizenship office in London. When the man told the office he was going to kill himself, the office contacted the police. London Police Service officers attempted to dissuade the man from setting himself on fire; instead, however, the man doused himself in gasoline. Officers fired their BIP launchers at the man, hoping to either distract or disable him, but the man ultimately set himself on fire. The flames were doused, and the man was taken to hospital for treatment of his burns. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers present committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries. 

7 April, 2020

Man’s Hand Injury Due to Punching Cell Door; SIU Terminates Quinte West Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 34-year-old man last month while he was lodged in a police station cell in Quinte West.

6 April, 2020

SIU Investigating After Man Fatally Shot by Police Officer in Brampton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal police-involved shooting today of a 26-year-old man in Brampton.

5 April, 2020

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Toronto Collision Between Bus and Vehicle

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to a collision that occurred yesterday in Toronto between a vehicle and a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus.

March

31 March, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Petawawa Collison Between Police Cruiser and Minivan

On the afternoon of September 25, 2019, a police cruiser being operated by an OPP officer with the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment became involved in a collision with a minivan in the intersection of Petawawa Boulevard and Canadian Forces Drive. As a result of the collision, the 61-year-old female driver of the minivan sustained a concussion, while her front seat passenger, a 56-year-old male, sustained a fracture to his foot. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that notwithstanding the officer’s apparent responsibility for the collision, he is satisfied on balance that the manner in which the officer operated his police vehicle did not rise to the level necessary to meet the definition of dangerous driving.  As such, no criminal charges will issue, and the file has been closed.  

30 March, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Scarborough

In the evening hours of June 25, 2019, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers with the Guns and Gangs Task Force surrounded a vehicle in the area of Midland Avenue and Midwest Road to arrest the 21-year-old male driver on an outstanding arrest warrant. When the man drove forward and struck an officer, another officer fired three shots at the man. The man was transported to hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a TPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

26 March, 2020

Due to Absence of Statement and No Medical Records, SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred earlier this month between a 40-year-old man and Toronto Police Service officers. 

25 March, 2020

SIU Investigating Falling Death of Woman in Barrie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 79-year-old woman today in Barrie.

21 March, 2020

SIU Investigating Interaction in Etobicoke Preceding Man’s Death

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 33-year-old man today in Etobicoke.

20 March, 2020

Durham Regional Police Service Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused charges to be laid against a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer in relation to incidents that reportedly occurred in Oshawa in 2017 and 2018.     

17 March, 2020

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man earlier this afternoon in Toronto. 

16 March, 2020

SIU Investigating Incident in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 42-year-old man in Ottawa, last night. 

13 March, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Shuniah

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old man yesterday in Shuniah, a municipality bordering the city of Thunder Bay. 

13 March, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Thunder Bay

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man on the weekend in Thunder Bay.

11 March, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into injury of Man in Brantford

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in January, between police officers and a 31-year-old man.   

6 March, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Hawkesbury

On May 10, 2019, a 31-year-old man passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. He had been admitted to hospital in critical condition on May 2, 2019, following his apprehension by several Ontario Provincial Police officers at a home in Hawkesbury.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that in terms of the force that was used and the care the officers exercised, they acted lawfully throughout their involvement with the man. Accordingly, there is no basis to proceed with charges and the file is closed.

5 March, 2020

SIU Finds No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Cambridge

On June 1, 2019, a 29-year-old man was arrested twice by Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers. On the second arrest, the man suffered a fracture of his right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a WRPS officer in relation to this incident.

3 March, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Police-involved Shooting in Etobicoke

The 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 a police-involved shooting on April 7, 2019 in an Etobicoke condominium. As a result of the shooting, an 18-year-old male sustained a gunshot wound to his right forearm.

2 March, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Barricaded Man in East York

On the night of June 18, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to a home in East York after a resident of the home reported that a man had forced his way into the residence and was currently barricaded in a bedroom while in the possession of a knife or fork. The house was contained from the outside pending the arrival of the Emergency Task Force (ETF). ETF officers entered the home and attempted to communicate with the man. Concerned for the man’s well-being, the officers forced the bedroom door open and arrested the man. Following his arrest, the man was taken to hospital where he was treated for stab wounds and a collapsed lung. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed.

2 March, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Thunder Bay Collision between Police and Civilian Vehicle

On June 11, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police vehicle became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle in the area of Golf Links Road and Donald Caddo Drive in Thunder Bay. Two individuals from the civilian vehicle – a 75-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman – suffered serious injuries. A 37-year-old male police officer from the police vehicle was also seriously injured. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was driving the police vehicle committed a criminal offence in connection with the accident.

February

28 February, 2020

SIU Terminates Sioux Lookout Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained in November by a 22-year-old man in Sioux Lookout. 

28 February, 2020

SIU Director Recognizes Patience and Vigilance of OPP Officers During Orillia Standoff; Investigation Discontinued

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained last month by a 31-year-old man in Orillia. 

27 February, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest by OPP Caledon Detachment Officers

On March 1, 2019, officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 911 call requesting police assistance. OPP officers responded to the residence and arrested and handcuffed a 43-year-old man, following which they transported him to the Nottawasaga OPP Detachment. The man later filed a complaint about the arrest with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), with the matter coming to the SIU’s attention in August of 2019. SIU Director Joseph Martino has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any police officer involved in the man’s arrest or imprisonment, assaulted him, causing any injury, and the file is closed.

27 February, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fall onto Highway 407 Exit Ramp

On September 12, 2019, several calls were received by the Ontario Provincial Police from motorists reporting the presence of a man on the metal gantry across the Highway 407 eastbound exit ramp leading to Highway 410. Several officers were dispatched to the scene, with two officers parking their cruisers in the area below the 29-year-old man. As these two officers emerged simultaneously from their vehicles and walked towards the man, the man fell from the gantry and landed in front of the officers. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with severe injuries, including a fractured skull.  SIU Director Joseph Martino has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s fall.

26 February, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Mississauga

On the afternoon of September 12, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers arrested two individuals in relation to break-and-enters that were being investigated. When a third individual escaped apprehension and ran away, an officer gave chase. Following a struggle that ensued between the officer and the 33-year-old man, the man was arrested. The 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 facial factures the man suffered in the course of his arrest.

26 February, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman Traveling Wrong Way on Highway 417

On the evening of April 12, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers were investigating the driving behavior of a 58-year-old woman who was operating her vehicle on Highway 417.  When the woman began traveling west in the eastbound lanes, an officer used his cruiser to force her off the roadway. The woman was arrested, and then taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fracture to her lower leg. The 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 arrest and injury.

25 February, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Orangeville Case

In the early morning hours of June 2, 2019, a 36-year-old woman was arrested and transported to the Orangeville Police Service (OPS) headquarter where she was lodged in a cell. While in the cell, the woman ingested cocaine and fell into medical distress. Paramedics attended the police station and transported her to hospital where she was placed on life support. While SIU Director Joseph Martino says the woman ought to have been subjected to a more thorough search and medical attention secured sooner than it was after she ingested cocaine in her cell, he is unable to reasonably conclude that any of the officers who dealt with the woman transgressed the limits of care prescribed by the criminal law.

25 February, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Woman’s Fall from Roof of Ambulance Garage in Peterborough

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the falling injury sustained by a 28-year-old woman earlier this month in Peterborough. 

24 February, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Man in Windsor

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 51-year-old man in Windsor.

24 February, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Brant County Interaction

In the early morning hours of July 3, 2019, a group of individuals pranked a home in Brant County multiple times by knocking on the home’s door, and then fleeing. The home’s owner, a Brantford Police Service officer, and another officer, waited to see if the individuals would return. When they did return, the second officer became involved in an interaction with a 16-year-old male and informed the youth he was under arrest. The officers had the youths wait for the arrival of the OPP. The 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.

21 February, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction that Occurred While Man Lodged in Windsor Cell

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

21 February, 2020

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

On January 31, 2019, 30-year-old Gregory Ritchie was shot at several times by two Ottawa Police Service officers. Mr. Ritchie was subsequently transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased, the result of a gunshot wound he had sustained. The 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 Mr. Ritchie’s death.

19 February, 2020

OPP Officer Charged with Sexual Assault in Relation to Aurora Incident

The 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 August of 2019 in Aurora. The officer is with the Niagara satellite detachment of the Burlington detachment.

19 February, 2020

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

After midnight on August 6, 2019, Belleville Police Service (BPS) officers attended a residence to deal with a domestic situation. In the course of being arrested by officers, a 38-year-old man suffered arm fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a BPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man.

19 February, 2020

Man’s Injury Self-inflicted; SIU Terminates Scarborough Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 47-year-old man earlier this month during his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers. 

18 February, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto Condominium Parking Lot

On the evening of December 7, 2018, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers were investigating a 24-year-old man in relation to drug trafficking offences. When the vehicle in which the man was a passenger entered a condominium parking lot, plainclothes officers in unmarked vehicles followed and conducted a high-risk takedown of the van and its occupants. The 24-year-old man was arrested and later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with an orbital bone fracture. The 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.

18 February, 2020

No Grounds to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Collision Between Snowmobile and Cruiser in Wawa

On April 3, 2019, there was a collision between a snowmobile and an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser on Highway 101 in Wawa. The snowmobile operator was transported to hospital where he was treated for multiple fractures of his left leg. While Director Joseph Martino has no doubt that the officer was driving dangerously in the moments before the collision, and that his dangerous driving was largely responsible for what occurred, he is of the view that the evidence falls just short of justifying criminal charges against the officer. 

16 February, 2020

SIU Investigating Man’s Fall from Apartment Balcony in Oakville

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 40-year-old man this morning in Oakville.

12 February, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Alfred

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 50-year-old man yesterday in Alfred, west of Hawkesbury.

5 February, 2020

SIU Investigating Woman’s Fall from Ambulance Garage in Peterborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the injury sustained by a 28-year-old woman yesterday in Peterborough when she fell from the ambulance garage of a hospital.

3 February, 2020

UPDATE: Man Who was Shot by Police Officers in Scarborough has Died

On January 18, 2020, the SIU commenced an investigation into a police-involved shooting in Scarborough. As a result of the shooting, a 37-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. The man was pronounced dead in hospital this morning.

January

30 January, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in his Sudbury Home

On April 4, 2019, a 44-year-old man was arrested by Greater Sudbury Police Service officers and suffered injuries in the process. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any of the arresting officers in relation to the man’s injuries, which included a spine fracture and two broken ribs. 

28 January, 2020

Man’s Injury in Cell Self-inflicted; SIU Terminates Barrie Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 37-year-old man while he was lodged in a police station cell in Barrie. 

24 January, 2020

SIU Investigating Injury to Man in Georgetown

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained by a 46-year-old man earlier this week in Georgetown.

23 January, 2020

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

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe a Guelph Police Service (GPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of an 18-year-old male in October of 2019. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

18 January, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-involved Shooting in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting today in Scarborough.

16 January, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction Between Man and Police Officers in Brampton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a November 2019 interaction that occurred in Brampton between a 31-year-old man and Peel Regional Police officers.

16 January, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Cobourg Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 22-year-old man by Cobourg Police Service (CPS) officers. 

13 January, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Discharge of Firearm by Police Officer in Richmond Hill

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an exchange of gunfire that occurred last month between a 34-year-old man and a York Regional Police officer in Richmond Hill. 

10 January, 2020

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Police-involved Shooting in Vaughan

Then 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 a police-involved shooting on August 13, 2019 in Vaughan. The driver of a vehicle being investigated by police was shot multiple times in the course of his arrest and was taken to hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

10 January, 2020

No Basis to Lay Charges Against Police Officer in Relation to Arrest of Teenager in St. Thomas

Then 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 injury sustained by a 14-year-old female in the course of her arrest on June 25, 2019.

10 January, 2020

UPDATE: Man Who was Shot by Police Officer in Mississauga has Died

On January 7, 2020, the SIU commenced an investigation into a police-involved shooting in Mississauga. As a result of the shooting, a 28-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. The man succumbed to his injuries today. 

9 January, 2020

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction Between Man and Niagara Regional Police Service Officers

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a July 3, 2016 interaction between a man and police officers. The SIU became aware of the incident on October 8, 2019 when notified by the Niagara Regional Police Service. 

7 January, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Kenora Arrest

On May 11, 2019, a 27-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Kenora. He was lodged in a cell, and then transported to hospital after he complained of pain in one leg. 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 fractured and dislocated left knee with which the man was diagnosed.

7 January, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-involved Shooting in Mississauga

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting this evening in Mississauga.

4 January, 2020

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Windsor

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 51-year-old man last night in Windsor.

3 January, 2020

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Police Pursuit that Preceded Collision in Toronto

On the morning of June 26, 2019, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) was made aware of a carjacking of a KIA. In the area of Weston Road and Little Avenue, a TPS officer spotted the stolen KIA and pursued it. A short time later, the KIA crashed into a dump truck. The 39-year-old male driver exited the vehicle following the collision and was arrested. 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 nose and fractured right-side rib the man sustained.

2 January, 2020

UPDATE: Man Who Sustained Gunshot Wounds in St. Catharines has Died

On December 31, 2019, the SIU commenced an investigation into a police-involved shooting in St. Catharines. As a result of the shooting, a 56-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. The man has since succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced dead yesterday at 12:27 p.m.

2 January, 2020

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Toronto Collision that Resulted in Death of Man and Injuries to his Wife

On June 22, 2019, a Toronto Police Service officer attempted to stop a Honda Civic to investigate its occupants. Moments later, the Civic t-boned a Chevrolet Malibu in the intersection of Scarborough Golf Club Road and Lawrence Avenue East. The 77-year-old driver of the Malibu died tragically in the collision, and his 74-year-old wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat, suffered serious injuries. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to this case.

1 January, 2020

SIU Investigating Police-Involved Shooting in St. Catharines

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting yesterday in St. Catharines that resulted in serious injuries to a 56-year-old man.

1 January, 2020

SIU Investigating Fatal Vehicle Collision in Markham

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred yesterday in Markham.