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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Scarborough Shooting

Case Number: 07-TFI-194

Mississauga (25 April, 2008) --- The Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers involved in the shooting of 21-year-old Corey Sonier last year committed any criminal offence.

Eight investigators and five forensic investigators were assigned to
probe the circumstances of this incident. The SIU investigation determined that on September 19, 2007, TPS officers pursued two men in a car that had earlier been involved in a robbery and a shooting at Winchester and Sumach Streets. The car collided with a guardrail at Ellesmere Road and Morningside Avenue. As the officers approached the car, the driver, Corey Sonier, raised a shotgun in the direction of the officers. Seven officers discharged their firearms and Mr. Sonier was struck in the head and arm.

Mr. Sonier was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital by ambulance. He was admitted for treatment and subsequently released in November 2007. Deputy Director Ian Scott said, "The TPS officers were involved in a high-risk takedown of two people who had been involved in a robbery where a firearm had been discharged. Mr. Sonier raised a shotgun in the direction of the officers. The officers responded by firing multiple rounds from their service pistols." Deputy Director Scott determined that, "The force used against Mr. Sonier was reasonably necessary for the purpose of protecting the
officers at the scene from imminent death or grievous bodily harm."

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