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News Release

SIU Investigates Shooting Death in Richmond Hill

Case Number: 12-OCD-033

Mississauga (30 January, 2012) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of 44-year-old Paul Black, of Markham, this weekend.

The York Regional Police Service (YRPS) contacted the SIU and reported the following:
• At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012, YRPS received a 911 call from a male using a cell phone.  The phone was disconnected, and the call was traced to the Markville Mall.  Officers were dispatched.
• The man called again, but again the phone was disconnected.  The call was traced to a park on Palmer Avenue and Lennox Avenue, and officers were dispatched to the park.    
• There was an interaction between police and Mr. Black, and a short time later, Mr. Black sustained a gunshot wound to the head.  He was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he was pronounced deceased at 8:20 a.m.
• A postmortem will take place this morning.

The SIU has assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. 

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1806 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 1806.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342