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News Release

Toronto Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 11-TFI-257

Mississauga (24 April, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed criminal offences in relation to injuries sustained by 27-year-old Liboth Bangala.  Director Scott has caused charges to be laid against the officer.   

The incident occurred on December 15, 2011.  At approximately 8:30 p.m., TPS officers were conducting an investigation in the area of Ontario Street and Gerrard Street.  Plainclothes officers entered a second floor apartment in a residence, and there was an interaction between an officer and Mr. Bangala.  He sustained a gunshot wound. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, TPS Constable Corey Dunk is facing the following charges under the Criminal Code of Canada:
• one charge of Assault With a Weapon, contrary to s. 267(a);
• one charge of Careless Use of a Firearm, contrary to s. 86(1)

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 444 Yonge Street in Toronto on June 5, 2012.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation. 

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