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News Release

Man Armed with Knife Refused to Exit Walmart Washroom; No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Toronto Officers Who Arrested Him

Case Number: 17-TCI-365

Mississauga, ON (8 February, 2019) ---
On December 13, 2017, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers responded to a Walmart store on Eglinton Avenue East as a man refused to exit a family washroom. When officers opened the washroom door, they were confronted by the man who was holding a knife in his right hand. The officers retreated. Emergency Task Force members arrived and after attempts to negotiate with the man failed, they breached the washroom door and arrested the man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

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 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, 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