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News Release

SIU Investigates Fatal Shooting in Toronto

Case Number: 08-TFD-026

TORONTO (17 February, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances of a fatal police shooting involving the Toronto Police Service (TPS). The shooting occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. yesterday evening in Oriole Park, in the area of Frobisher Ave. and Lascelles Blvd.

The SIU was notified that TPS officers were dispatched to the area of the Davisville subway station to investigate reports of a robbery. Two uniformed officers located a 28-year-old man in Oriole Park. A confrontation ensued between the man and the officers, resulting in the man being shot. He was taken to St. Michael's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Six SIU investigators and four SIU forensic investigators have been assigned to independently probe the nature and extent of TPS involvement in the man's death. Investigators have designated two TPS officers as subject officers and six as witness officers. Items of evidentiary interest have been seized by the SIU and interviews with witnesses are ongoing.

A post mortem examination will take place on Monday, February 18, 2008. As the deceased's next of kin have not yet been notified, the SIU will not be releasing his identity at this time.

SIU investigators are appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact the Unit at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 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