Guelph Hospital Fatal Shooting Investigation Completed; Officers Did Not Commit Criminal Offence
Case Number: 15-OFD-098
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- Just after 12:00 noon on May 20, 2015, 36-year-old Brandon Duncan entered Guelph General Hospital.
- Mr. Duncan spent about 45 minutes in the waiting area before he entered the triage hallway.
- Not long after, Mr. Duncan spoke to a registered nurse, indicating that there was an issue with his colostomy bag and that a particular component needed to be cut in order to remedy the problem. The nurse provided him with a pair of bandage scissors and he entered the washroom area.
- Two minutes later, Mr. Duncan returned to the triage area. He was bleeding profusely from fresh cuts on both of his forearms and clenching the same pair of scissors he had received earlier.
- Mr. Duncan then walked up to a young woman who was seated in the hallway and grabbed hold of the back of her neck, attempting to jab her with the pair of scissors. Her boyfriend intervened, dislodging Mr. Duncan’s grip and pushing him away.
- At the same time, the two subject officers were in the adjacent area of the hospital and heard the woman scream. They rushed towards the assault.
- Mr. Duncan turned to the officers, still brandishing the scissors. Both officers then drew their firearms and pointed them at Mr. Duncan, who began to move towards the officers.
- Both officers can be seen on video backing up with their firearms drawn. Mr. Duncan continues to move towards them and as he increases his gait and closes the distance between him and the officers, both officers discharged their firearms.
- Four seconds elapsed between the officers drawing and discharging their firearms.
- The post-mortem examination revealed that Mr. Duncan was shot a total of six times and died of trauma from multiple gunshot wounds.
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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