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News Release

SIU Investigates Injuries to Man

Case Number: 08-TCI-059

TORONTO (16 April, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe an incident at an east-end Toronto hospital late this morning.

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) contacted the SIU today at 1:25 p.m. and advised that at 11:36 a.m. this morning an officer was at the Scarborough Centenary Hospital on Ellsmere Road on an unrelated matter. While at the hospital the officer was alerted to a commotion in the kitchen. The officer went to the area and located a 19-year-old man armed with a knife. The man was threatening to harm himself. The officer spoke with the man, but eventually used pepper spray in an attempt to subdue him. This was unsuccessful and an interaction took place between the man and the officer. The man sustained non-life threatening injuries. The officer was not physically injured.

The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and two as witness officers.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529 extension #1957.

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. 

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