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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into the Tasering of a Murder Suspect by Peel Regional Police

Case Number: 08-OCI-071

TORONTO (30 May, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that officers of the Peel Regional Police Service committed any criminal offence when they tasered a man allegedly involved in a fatal double stabbing.

On April 30, 2008, at 12:35 p.m., officers responded to urgent calls about a knife attack at the Red Maple Plaza in Brampton. The first officer on the scene saw the body of one of two stabbing victims in the parking lot and confronted a man on the sidewalk holding a bloodied knife. The man ignored the officer's orders to drop the knife and, instead, moved the knife to his own neck and slashed his throat.

SIU Director, James Cornish, observed: "In order to prevent the man from causing himself further grievous bodily harm, or worse, the officer shot the man with a Taser. The man fell to the ground, dropping the knife." Mr. Cornish concluded: "The evidence, both police and civilian, satisfies me that the subject officer did not cause this man's injuries, indeed quite the contrary. The actions of the officer quite probably save this man's life."

The man was taken to hospital where he was successfully treated.

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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