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News Release

SIU Determines No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Police-Involved Shooting at Fort Erie Hospital

Case Number: 18-OFI-146

Mississauga, ON (9 April, 2019) ---
On May 18, 2018, a 29-year-old man was brought by Emergency Medical Services to Douglas Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre in Fort Erie. Sometime later, the man entered the room of another patient and stabbed him with a large hunting knife. Hospital staff fled the room and patients in the waiting room were directed to leave. The man proceeded to roam the hospital’s hallways with the knife in his hands. Niagara Regional Police Service officers responded to the hospital and shortly after located the man. When the man charged at an officer, the officer discharged his firearm, striking the man once. Then 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 this incident.

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

The SIU is an independent civilian 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