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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Bramalea Shooting

Case Number: 08-OFI-046

TORONTO (8 May, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting of 23-year-old Nirmal Singh Bagri of Brampton on March 26, 2008.

The SIU assigned seven investigators and three forensic investigators to the scene of the shooting to probe the circumstances of the shooting.

The SIU investigation determined that at 6:30 p.m., PRP responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at 89 Alaskan Summit Court in Brampton. The first officer to arrive was confronted by a man swinging a metal baseball bat. After ignoring warnings to drop the bat, the man lunged at the officer who fired a single shot striking the man in the abdomen. Mr. Bagri was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Mr. Cornish said: "Mr. Bagri refused to obey the officer's orders to drop the bat. Instead, Mr. Bagri made a deliberate and provocative move towards the officer by raising the bat over his shoulder in a threatening manner. In my view, the officer was left with very little alternative but to use potentially lethal force. Fortunately, the shot was not lethal."

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