News Release

SIU Investigating Shooting of Man in Fort Erie

Case Number: 18-OFI-146

Mississauga, ON (19 May, 2018) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police-involved shooting of a 29-year-old man in Fort Erie late Friday night.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 8 p.m. on May 18, 2018, officers with the Niagara Regional Police Service responded to the Urgent Care Centre at the Douglas Memorial Site in response to a stabbing.
  • Upon arrival, the officers saw one individual – a 61-year-old man – with knife wounds. Soon after, a 29-year-old man approached the officers.
  • There was an interaction between officers and the 29-year-old man, and one officer discharged his firearm.
  • The man was struck and subsequently transported to the Erie County Medical Centre in Buffalo for treatment. The man who sustained stab wounds was admitted to that same hospital.

At this time, five investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation 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 independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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