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News Release

SIU Lays Charges against Durham Regional Police Service Officer in Relation to Toronto Shooting

Case Number: 17-OFI-261

Mississauga, ON (31 May, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has caused charges to be laid against a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer in relation to an incident that occurred in Toronto in September of 2017. 

The SIU investigation determined that on September 7, 2017, DRPS officers met to discuss the apprehension of a 21-year-old man who was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants arising out of the Bowmanville area. When the man left his Toronto home by vehicle, DRPS officers followed him. At the intersection of St. Clair Avenue West and Mondovi Gate, there was an interaction between one of the officers and the man, and the officer discharged his firearm. The man was struck, but drove away from the scene. He was arrested days later by officers with the Toronto Police Service.

As a result of the SIU investigation, 47-year-old Detective Constable Colin Goodwin of the DRPS is now facing the following charges under the Criminal Code:
One count of aggravated assault, contrary to section 268;
One count of discharge firearm with intent, contrary to section 244(1); and 
One count of discharge firearm - reckless endangerment, contrary to section 244.2(1)(b).

The officer was arrested today and released on an undertaking with conditions. He is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 2201 Finch Avenue West in Toronto on June 21, 2018. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.  

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, 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