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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Mississauga Shooting

Case Number: 07-OFI-082

TORONTO (6 May, 2008) --- The Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, 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 injuries sustained by a 23-year-old Hagersville man in Mississauga on May 1, 2007. The SIU assigned eight investigators and three forensic investigators to
probe the circumstances of the shooting.

At 7:01 p.m. May 1, 2007, five PRP officers were in the parking lot of the Rona Building Centre at 2933 Eglinton Avenue West, Mississauga. They were investigating a stolen vehicle and its three male occupants. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but instead the vehicle drove towards one of the officers. One officer fired his pistol and the shot struck the driver, Steven Van Every, in the shoulder. Mr. Van Every was taken to St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto by ambulance where he was treated and later released.

Deputy Director Scott said, "The officer had reasonable grounds to arrest Mr. Van Every for possession of a stolen vehicle. When the officer moved in to arrest Mr. Van Every, Mr. Van Every began to drive out of the parking spot in the direction of the officer. It is my opinion that the officer reasonably believed that Mr. Van Every intended to drive into him in order to escape. The officer believed that the use of lethal force was necessary for his self-preservation under ss. 25(3) of the Criminal Code and discharged his pistol. I am of the view that the force used was justified in the
circumstances of this arrest."

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