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News Release

SIU Investigating Discharge of Firearm by Barrie Police Service Officer

Case Number: 18-OFI-277

Mississauga, ON (19 September, 2018) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting that occurred on Monday in Barrie.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 4 a.m. on September 17, 2018, officers with the Barrie Police Service located persons of interest at a gas station at the St. Vincent Street and Grove Street East intersection.
  • The persons of interest – two males and two females – fled the scene in a vehicle. At some point, one of the officers discharged his firearm.
  • At St. Vincent Street and Blake Street, the vehicle crashed into a tree, and the four vehicle occupants fled on foot.
  • A search was conducted by officers and three of the individuals were located and arrested.
  • While the fourth individual – a 21-year-old man – has not been located, evidence has led the SIU to believe the man sustained a gunshot wound.

Two investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. At this time, one subject officer and three witness officers have been designated.

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