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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Police-Involved Shooting Behind Toronto YMCA

Case Number: 19-TFI-300

Mississauga, ON (10 July, 2020) ---
On December 8, 2019, a parking enforcement officer observed a stolen motor vehicle and notified the Toronto Police Service. Soon after arriving in the area, the responding officers observed a 43-year-old man enter the stolen motor vehicle and flee. The police officers pursued the stolen vehicle to a parking lot behind a YMCA. During their efforts to arrest the man, an officer twice discharged his firearm at the vehicle, both times striking the windshield of the vehicle. One of the bullets struck the man’s hand. 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 man’s arrest and injury.

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

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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