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News Release

SIU Investigating Shooting in Kitchener

Case Number: 17-OFI-042

Kitchener, ON (2 March, 2017) ---
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding a shooting injury sustained by a 39-year-old man just after midnight in Kitchener.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 2, 2017, police received a call about a car being driven erratically.
  • An officer located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the area of Lilac Street and Ottawa Street.
  • There was an interaction between the officer and the 39-year-old driver of the vehicle. The officer discharged his firearm, and the man was struck in the torso. At some point during the interaction, the officer also deployed a conducted energy weapon.
  • The man was taken to St. Mary’s hospital for treatment. He remains in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition.    

Six investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. At this time, one subject officer and three witness officers have been designated.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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