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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Downtown Thunder Bay Parking Garage

Case Number: 20-OCI-046

Mississauga, ON (24 August, 2020) ---
On February 29, 2020, Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched after police received a 911 call from an individual indicating that a man was armed with a hunting knife and breaking windows in the area of May Street South. Officers located the 45-year-old man and confronted him. The man was non-responsive and continued to walk away from the officers as the officers followed at a distance. Armed with the knife, the man then made his way to the Victoriaville Mall and the Civic Centre, eventually entering the parking garage. Officers located the man when he was heard to be moaning. He had fallen from a height and suffered multiple fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries and arrest.

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