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No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Peterborough Fatal Police-Involved Shooting and Pursuit that Preceded Collision

Case Number: 19-OFD-170   

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SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Peterborough

Mississauga, ON (29 June, 2020) ---
On July 23, 2019, following a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a stolen red Mustang, a Peterborough Police Service officer located the vehicle and initiated a vehicular pursuit. The pursuit ended when the Mustang became involved in a collision with another motor vehicle. As a result of the collision, a 64-year-old woman from the second vehicle sustained a broken arm. After a stand-off with police, the driver of the stolen motor vehicle was shot and killed by an officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file is closed.

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

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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