News Release

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Shooting Death of Man in Kingston

Case Number: 19-OFD-222

Mississauga, ON (1 June, 2020) ---
On the afternoon of September 12, 2019, a Kingston Police officer was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by a pedestrian who reported that a man was up the street stabbing people. The officer immediately attended and attempted to arrest the 22-year-old man. During the interaction, the officer discharged his firearm and the man was fatally shot. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the discharge of his firearm and the subsequent death of the man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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