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News Release

SIU Determines Use of ARWEN by OPP Officer to Arrest Man in White River was Reasonably Necessary

Case Number: 19-PFI-302

Mississauga, ON (19 June, 2020) ---
On December 10, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers attended an address in White River following complaints from a woman that a 33-year-old man had threatened to kill her and her daughter. While the officers maintained containment around the residence, the man refused to come out. The following morning, the man emerged from the residence and an interaction ensued. In the course of that interaction, the man was struck several times by rounds discharged by an officer’s Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed   with a fractured right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.

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

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