Charges Not Warranted in Toronto Police Shooting of a Man with a Knife
Case Number: 15-TFI-299
Other News Releases Related to Case 15-TFI-299
- Sometime in the early afternoon of December 11, 2015, the man went to a Toronto-area hospital where he was an outpatient to distribute gifts to staff members.
- At the hospital, staff members become concerned when they detected alcohol on the man’s breath and it appeared he would drive home. Staff contacted police when the man left in his vehicle.
- A short while later, staff at the hospital called the man at home to confirm he had arrived safely. The staff called the police a second time after the man told them he was in possession of a knife and was upset that he had been reported to the police.
- Toronto Police attempted to deploy a Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (comprised of a mental health nurse and a specially trained police officer) but none was available to respond at that time.
- Just before 3:30 p.m., the subject officer and two other officers arrived at the man’s home, in the Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue area.
- After several knocks at the door, the man opened the interior door to the home and, through the screen door, warned the officers to leave or there would be trouble.
- The officers attempted to assure the man they were there to ensure his well-being.
- Seconds later, the man walked out of the house holding a large knife in his right hand and pointed at the officers.
- The officers drew their firearms and began to step away while ordering the man to drop the knife.
- The man continued to move forward and was within two to three metres of one of the officers when another of the officers shot the man three times.
- The man remained on his feet with the knife still in hand and was moving away from the officers toward the rear of the home’s driveway.
- The officers continued to demand that the man drop the knife. A sergeant arrived and discharged his conducted energy weapon; the man dropped the knife and fell to the ground.
- The man was given first aid until paramedics arrived. He was then rushed to hospital and underwent surgery.
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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