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News Release

SIU Investigating Arrest in Hamilton

Case Number: 16-OCI-196

Mississauga, ON (26 July, 2016) ---
The Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 31-year-old woman who was struck by a conducted energy weapon in Hamilton early Monday morning.

Preliminary information indicates the following:
  • Just before 1:00 a.m. on July 25, a taxi driver was operating in the area of John Street South and Hunter Street East.  
  • The taxi driver encountered a 31-year-old female pedestrian who was brandishing a large knife. 
  • The taxi driver alerted Hamilton Police Service officers, who happened to be in the area.
  • There was an interaction between the officers and the woman and a conducted energy weapon was deployed twice.
  • The woman was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she has been admitted.     
    
The SIU has designated one subject officer and four witness officers as part of this investigation.

Four investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to investigate this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 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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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897