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News Release

SIU Investigation in St. Catharines Started Following Police Interaction at a Variety Store

Case Number: 16-OCI-295

Mississauga, ON (27 November, 2016) ---
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has started an investigation into an interaction between Niagara Regional Police Service officers and an 18-year-old man at a variety store in St. Catharines. 

Preliminary information indicates the following:
  • Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Niagara Police received a call about an incident at variety store at the corner of Arthur Street and Northglen Avenue.
  • Officers arrived and a conducted energy weapon was discharged.
  • An 18-year-old man was rushed to hospital and is listed in serious condition.
  • A 77-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman were also transported to hospital with minor injuries.
Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to investigate this incident.

The SIU is appealing for witnesses and is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation 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. 

Jason Gennaro
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342