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News Release

Use of Force by Officers, Including ARWEN and CEW Discharges, Deemed to be Reasonably Necessary in Apprehension of Man in Georgetown

Case Number: 20-OFI-012

Mississauga, ON (27 July, 2020) ---
On the morning of January 22, 2020, Halton Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to an address in Georgetown to apprehend a 46-year-old man who, it had been reported, was in mental distress and had guns in the house. Over the course of the next several hours, police tried several options in order to engage the man and convince him to leave the residence without his firearms. When the man exited his home from the rear patio door, attempts were made to continue negotiations with the man. Finally, an officer discharged his Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield at the man multiple times, and another officer discharged his conducted energy weapon. The man was arrested and taken to hospital where it was discovered that he had sustained a fracture of one kneecap. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers involved in the arrest of the man committed a criminal offence in relation to his 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