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News Release

SIU Investigates Shooting in Oakville

Case Number: 07-OFD-245

TORONTO (1 December, 2007) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned a team of investigators and forensic identification technicians to probe a police shooting that occurred earlier this morning, involving officers from the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS).

At approximately 1:34 a.m. this morning, the HRPS received a 911 call about a man who was behaving strangely and possibly armed with a gun at a Tim Hortons coffee shop on Trafalgar Road in Oakville. Officers responded and found the man had left in a car. The police gathered information about the car and the license plate and started to investigate.

Two officers saw the car at Cairncroft and Lakeshore Roads and started to follow it. Additional officers joined in and followed the car to a park off Weaver Avenue. The man got out of the car and was involved in a confrontation with the officers. At approximately 2:33 a.m., shots were fired by the police and the man was struck. He suffered fatal wounds and died at the scene.

The man's identity is not confirmed at this time.

SIU forensic identification technicians are processing the shooting scene and collecting evidence. Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has any relevant information to contact the SIU at 1-800-787-8529 x 1965 or 416-622-1965.

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