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News Release

SIU Investigates shooting by York Regional Police

Case Number: 08-OFI-086

TORONTO (21 May, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a man by a York Regional Police officer on May 20, 2008.

Plainclothes officers were conducting surveillance of a vehicle during a drug investigation that began in York Region and continued into the Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue area of Toronto. During the attempt to box in the vehicle on Westhill Drive, the driver of the vehicle was shot once in the chest as he drove away from the scene. The 22-year-old man later appeared at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital for treatment of a chest wound which is not life threatening. He was released this morning into the custody of York Regional Police who are continuing their parallel drug trafficking investigation.

The vehicle involved in this incident was recovered in front of a residence a few kilometers from the scene of the shooting. Forensic investigators of the SIU will be examining both the vehicle and residence [JM1]to collect evidence as part of the ongoing investigation. The SIU has designated one subject officer and two witness officers to be interviewed.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416 1-800-787-8529.

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