News Release

SIU Determines Police-Involved Shooting of Man in Toronto School Yard was Justified; Criminal Charges not Warranted

Case Number: 17-TFI-355

Mississauga, ON (10 January, 2019) ---
On the night of December 1, 2017, a man called 911 to report that four men with firearms were trying to break into his house, and that they had then fled. Toronto Police Service officers attended the area and saw four men running towards a school.  There was an interaction between officers and one of the men, and an officer discharged his firearm. 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 wound sustained by the 25-year-old man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342