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News Release

SIU Updates Investigation into Fatal Shooting in Thunder Bay

Case Number: 05-OFD-169

TORONTO (31 October, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances of a fatal shooting involving the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) on October 29, 2005.

At about 11:35 a.m., a citizen called police about a man seen brandishing a gun. Several officers in marked cruisers came upon the man driving a SUV on Market Street and followed it into the parking lot of Dawson Heights Plaza on Regina Avenue. The officers surrounded and confronted the man who was inside the SUV with a female passenger, resulting in shots being fired by a TBPS officer. The 51-year-old man was taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for today in Toronto. His identity is not being released at this time.

As part of the investigation, the SIU has designated one subject and eight witness officers from the TBPS. The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529.

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