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News Release

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Cornwall Case

Case Number: 20-OCI-003

Mississauga, ON (30 June, 2020) ---
In the early morning hours of January 7, 2020, a 32-year-old man fled his home after having ingested a large quantity of medication.  Concerned for his safety, an individual called 911 and paramedics and Cornwall Police Service officers were dispatched. An officer located the man in the area of a car wash on Brookdale Avenue. Shortly, the man pulled a knife out of his pocket, prompting the officer to draw his conducted energy weapon (CEW). The man then cut his throat with a knife causing serious injury. At about the same time, the officer discharged his CEW at the man, but the deployment had no effect. The officer provided care to the man until paramedics arrived and transported him to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for 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 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