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News Release

SIU Investigates Shooting in York Region

Case Number: 05-OFD-162

Mississauga (18 October, 2005) --- Seven investigators, including three forensic identification technicians from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are probing the circumstances of a shooting involving the York Regional Police Service (YRPS).

Shortly before midnight on October 17, 2005, two YRPS officers responded to an alarm in the area of Alden Road and Esna Park Drive in Markham. The officers located a van in the area of the alarm and attempted to stop it for investigation. The van fled and was involved in a collision with another vehicle at the above intersection.

Three occupants fled from the van. One male occupant became involved in a confrontation with a YRPS officer, resulting in shots being fired by the officer. The male was taken to Scarborough Grace Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not yet been positively confirmed.

The SIU has designated one subject and one witness officer from the YRPS. Investigators are processing the shooting scene and canvassing the surrounding area for witnesses. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-2150 or 1-800-787-8529. The investigation is continuing.

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