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News Release

While Deployment of Distractionary Device at Milton Residence Caused Hearing Loss to Man, SIU Finds No Criminal Charges Warranted

Case Number: 17-OCI-009

Mississauga, ON (14 September, 2018) ---
During the early morning hours of January 12, 2017, Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) officers attended a residence in Milton to execute a search warrant. When one officer deployed a distractionary device, the device detonated beside a 31-year-old man, causing him to have some hearing loss in his left ear. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an HRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man.  

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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. 

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