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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation in Thornhill

Case Number: 05-OFI-019

Mississauga (18 February, 2005) --- On February 18, 2005, at approximately 2:46 a.m., the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified by the York Regional Police Service (YRPS) of a shooting that occurred earlier this morning.

The SIU dispatched six investigators to the scene of the shooting at New Westminster Drive and Centre Street in Thornhill. Preliminary information from the investigation indicates an YRPS officer was involved in a confrontation with two men in a car in a parking lot. The officer discharged his firearm and shot the passenger of the car in the leg.

The injured man was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he was treated for a minor flesh wound. SIU investigators interviewed the treating physician and the injured man and confirmed the injury was a minor graze to the skin of the man's leg. He has since been released back into police custody.

Based upon the detailed initial investigation conducted by the SIU, Director James Cornish has decided to terminate the investigation because of the absence of serious injury.

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. 

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