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News Release

SIU Identifies Man shot and Killed by Durham Regional Police

Case Number: 08-OFD-255

TORONTO (30 November, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has released the name of the man shot and killed by Durham Regional Police in a townhouse complex in Oshawa.

The deceased has been identified as 47-year-old Gino Petralia of Oshawa. He was fatally shot by a Durham Regional Police officer who, along with six other officers, responded to a 9-1-1 call at a unit in the townhouse complex on Glen Street just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. No officer involved in the confrontation was injured.

Prior to the shooting, officers found a 29-year-old man, a 26-year-old woman and two children in an adjacent unit; they had been stabbed. The dead woman has been identified by Durham Regional Police as 26-year-old Leslie Kelly; the 29-year-old man is now reported in serious condition after surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. A three-year-old boy remains in critical condition at the Hospital for Sick Children; his five-year-old brother is in stable condition.

Three other children, who were attending a family event at the townhouse, were not hurt. They include three boys ages 11, 12 and 13.

An autopsy on the body of Mr. Petralia is scheduled for Tuesday in Toronto.

The SIU has designated seven police officers - one subject officer and six witness officers - for interviews as part of its probe into the circumstances and series of events surrounding the fatal shooting.

The SIU is appealing for anyone, who may have either witnessed this incident or has information about it, to contact the Unit at 416-622-1988 or 1-800-787-8529, extension 1988.

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