SIU Concludes Toronto Firearm Injuries Investigation
Case Number: 13-TFI-289
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- At approximately 1:30 a.m., a resident of 177 Mutual Street contacted police to report that the man had taken his keys and was refusing to return them. The resident further indicated that the man was intoxicated and in possession of bear spray or a knife.
- Six officers, including the subject officer, responded to the call and attended the building. They were further advised that a fire alarm had been set off in the building, and that pepper spray and a fire extinguisher had been deployed. The man was in fact in the possession of a canister of pepper spray – a container of dog repellant spray to be specific.
- Following his interaction with the resident, the man wandered from floor to floor banging on the doors of a number of units. He yelled incoherently and discharged the pepper spray and a fire extinguisher at several residents who approached him.
- Two witness officers were the first to arrive at the scene. They made their way into the building and came to learn that the man was on the fourth floor.
- Due to the fire alarm the elevators were not operational so the officers made their way up using the stairwell.
- As the officers climbed the stairs, they began to feel the effects of the pepper spray in the air. One officer opened the stairwell door to the fourth floor and was met by a cloud of white smoke.
- Through the haze, he saw the man’s silhouette across the hallway and could see him holding an object, which he could not discern, in his right hand.
- The officer drew his firearm and repeatedly ordered the man to drop what he was holding and get to the ground. The man did not do so.
- In the meantime, the other officer returned to the ground floor and made his way back up to the fourth floor using another stairwell. As he approached the stairwell door, it suddenly opened and he was confronted by the man.
- The man raised his hand and sprayed the officer with a powdery discharge from about a metre away.
- The officer staggered backward onto the stairwell landing, where he was then struck by the fire extinguisher that the man was holding.
- The officer was knocked down some stairs, regained his balance and retreated to the third floor landing. The man remained on the fourth floor, pacing back and forth along its corridors, banging doors and yelling obscenities.
- The subject officer and another witness officer were making their way up the same stairwell at this time. They passed the witness officer, who appeared injured and disoriented, covered in white powder, and who told them that the man had just sprayed him and knocked him down the stairs.
- Armed with a C-8 rifle, the subject officer opened the door to the fourth floor and observed the man standing in a hallway corner at a distance of about two metres. He could hear another officer, from around the corner yelling at the man to drop what he was holding and get down on the floor.
- The subject officer issued the same command and pointed his rifle at the man.
- The man, advanced upon the subject officer while holding the fire extinguisher and spraying his canister of pepper spray in the officer’s direction. The officer discharged several rounds from his firearm, paused briefly, and then let off another series of shots.
- The man was struck several times including in the abdomen, left groin, left outer thigh and left palm.
- Seconds later, a senior officer came up from behind the subject officer and discharged his conducted energy weapon (CEW) at the man.
- With the man now on the floor, the officers from both stairwells converged upon him and handcuffed his arms behind his back. Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the man to hospital.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations
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