No Charges Warranted in Gunfight in Pelham Apartment
Case Number: 15-OFI-236
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- interviews with 18 civilians;
- interviews with 13 witness officers (including two officers who were present throughout the entire incident and shooting) and a review of their duty notes;
- review of the duty notes of a further three witness officers;
- scene examination;
- police communication recordings;
- cell phone records;
- forensic analysis of the firearms, shell cases, and bullets fragments; and
- medical evidence.
- On October 10, 2015, Niagara Regional Police received information concerning a 28-year-old man who was depressed, suicidal, and in possession of several firearms and possibly bomb-making material.
- Just before 8:00 p.m., several officers – including the two subject officers – arrived at the apartment building where the man lived.
- Officers evacuated the residential units on the third floor, where the man resided, and took up positions at either end of the hallway from the man’s apartment, awaiting the arrival of a tactical unit.
- Moments later, the man stepped out of his apartment into the hallway.
- The man quickly re-entered the apartment and closed the door. In the brief moment when the door was opened, officers observed that he had several long guns.
- Witness officer #1 spoke to man through the door. After several minutes of conversation, the officer holstered his firearm and raised his hands in front of the man’s peep hole to assure the man he meant him no harm, whereupon the man agreed to exit his apartment.
- When the man stepped out a few minutes later, he had his hands up and it appeared that he was surrendering peacefully.
- However, as he took several steps in the direction of Witness officers #1 and #2, the man pulled a handgun from his waistband and started shooting at the officers.
- Witness officer #1 was struck and fell to the floor.
- Witness officer #2 attempted to shoot at the man but the officer’s rifle jammed before discharging any rounds.
- The two subject officers at the end of the hallway fired their weapons and the 28-year-old man was struck and incapacitated.
- In total, 17 bullets were fired: three by Subject officer #1; four by Subject officer #2; one by Witness officer #1; and nine by the 28-year-old man.
- The man and Witness officer #1 were rushed to hospital having both sustained serious, life-threatening injuries. Each survived.
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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