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SIU Investigating Hamilton Incident

Case Number: 20-OCI-236

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Mississauga, ON (24 September, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating an interaction involving the Hamilton Police Service after a man sustained serious injuries overnight.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 1 a.m. on September 24, 20202, Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officers were in the area of Queenston Road and Nash Road when they heard the sound of breaking glass.
  • Officers made their way to a business on 700 Queenston Road and observed two people enter the building and then flee in a vehicle.
  • When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle rammed the cruisers.
  • The vehicle stopped, and when the occupants refused to exit, the officers broke the glass and extracted them.  
  • The driver and rear passenger were arrested and taken to the police station, and a front passenger was taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

At this time, three investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to the case. Six HPS officers have been designated as witness officers and two have been designated as subject officers.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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