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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Firearm Discharge by Police Officer in Mississauga; Man was Not Injured

Case Number: 19-OFI-192

Mississauga, ON (29 May, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the August 2019 police-involved shooting in Mississauga.

On August 13, 2019, a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer was dispatched to an address on Apple Circle Crescent following reports that a 29-year-old man had shot a woman. The officer located the man and chased him through neighbouring streets and a nearby park, eventually cornering him on the lawn outside a home on Sandford Farm Drive. However, the officer was unable to control the man. The man ran to the officer’s cruiser, which was still running, and entered it. The officer discharged his conducted energy weapon at the man but the probes missed their mark. As the man was accelerating away in the cruiser, the officer fired his handgun five times in the cruiser’s direction. The cruiser was subsequently located, abandoned, on Idlewilde Crescent. As blood was found within the cruiser, the SIU launched an investigation on the basis that the man had been seriously injured in the incident.

On November 14, 2019, the man was arrested by PRP officers.

Director Martino said, “Based on the evidence, it is clear that the man was not struck by any of the bullets fired by the officer. The blood in the cruiser was the result of a cut to the man’s arm inflicted in the domestic incident that had prompted the call to police that same day. Accordingly, as the SIU’s jurisdiction is not engaged, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed.”

The SIU is an independent civilian 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