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News Release

Waterloo Regional Police Service Officer Faces Charges in Relation to Shooting of Man

Case Number: 18-OFI-095

Mississauga, ON (28 November, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officer committed criminal offences in relation to the shooting of a 30-year-old man on March 31, 2018. Director Loparco has caused charges to be laid against the officer.  

The SIU investigation found that on March 31, 2018, the Hamilton Police Service became involved in a break and enter investigation related to a property in Flamborough. A vehicle had also been stolen from the property. Upon tracking the stolen vehicle to an industrial area in Cambridge, WRPS was notified and officers were dispatched to the area. One of the officers located the man and there was an interaction. The officer discharged his firearm at the man several times. The man was struck one time and transported to hospital for treatment.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Sergeant Richard Dorling is facing the following charges under the Criminal Code:
One count of attempt murder, contrary to s. 239; 
One count of aggravated assault, contrary to s. 268; 
One count of discharge firearm with intent, contrary to s. 244(1); and
One count of discharge firearm-reckless endangerment, contrary to s. 244.2(1)(b). 

Sgt Dorling was arrested by members of the SIU, and later released on several conditions, including that he refrain from communicating directly or indirectly with the complainant and that he abstain from possessing any firearm. He is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 85 Frederick Street in Kitchener on December 19, 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 pertaining to this investigation.  

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