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News Release

Force Used by Police on Man Armed with Knife was Reasonably Necessary; No Basis to Lay Charges in Peterborough Case

Case Number: 18-OCI-342

Mississauga, ON (30 October, 2019) ---
Shortly before 2 a.m. on December 1, 2018, a woman called 911 reporting that her son had stabbed her with a knife. Peterborough Police Service officers were dispatched to the Dublin Street residence. Inside the residence, the son was located armed with a knife. When the man ignored demands to drop the knife and instead advanced on an officer, he was kicked away. A conducted energy weapon was deployed, but it malfunctioned. When the man proceeded to stab himself in the neck, an officer deployed his pepper spray. The man was arrested and taken to hospital by paramedics. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to this incident.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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