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News Release

No Grounds to Lay Charges Against Officer in Almonte Who Discharged Firearm Following Attack by Dog

Case Number: 18-PFI-177

Mississauga, ON (4 April, 2019) ---
On the morning of June 12, 2018, officers attended a residence in the Town of Almonte in relation to an investigation. The officers arrived at the front porch of the residence and rang the doorbell. As the home’s resident opened the door, two dogs exited the house, attacking and biting the officers. In order to stop the attack, one of the officers discharged her firearm at one of the dogs; as the officer did so, the home’s resident tripped and fell in front of the officer, resulting in one of the projectiles striking her in the leg. An ambulance was summoned. Both officers were transported to hospital for treatment of dog bite injuries, and the home’s resident was taken to hospital to be treated for the firearm injury. Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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