News Release

No Grounds to Charge Officer in Toronto for Shooting Man Who Had Stabbed another Individual Several Times

Case Number: 17-TFI-258

Mississauga, ON (26 October, 2018) ---
On the morning of September 14, 2017, a man was walking on Driftwood Avenue in Toronto when another man approached him and repeatedly stabbed him with a knife and punched him several times. When officers arrived at the scene, they repeatedly told the man to stop and drop his knife. One officer discharged his firearm, and the man was struck. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the gunshot injury sustained by the 27-year-old 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 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342