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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in St. Catharines

Case Number: 19-OFD-313

Mississauga, ON (20 August, 2020) ---
In the afternoon of December 31, 2019, two Niagara Regional Police Service officers discharged their firearms at a 56-year-old man outside his home in St. Catharines. The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and succumbed to his injuries in hospital the next day. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342