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News Release

Man in Mississauga Set Fire to Apartment Unit, Consumed Acid, and Threatened to Jump off Balcony; Police Efforts to Subdue Man Found to be Lawful

Case Number: 16-OFI-234

Mississauga, ON (15 January, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has found that Tactical Response Unit officers with Peel Regional Police used no more force than was absolutely necessary to subdue a 38-year-old man who was impacting severe damage to himself and would have taken his own life without the intervention of police. The interaction occurred in September of 2016 after the man set a fire in his apartment and barricaded himself on his balcony.
The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. It can be found at

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