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News Release

SIU Continues Investigation in Toronto

Case Number: 09-TCI-085

Mississauga (10 June, 2009) --- Four investigators and three forensic investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) continue to probe the circumstances surrounding the injury sustained by a 17 year old male at a Toronto shopping mall.

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) contacted the SIU on April 16, 2009 at 3:28 p.m. TPS reported that one of their officers responded to a call at Yorkdale Mall to assist two members of the mall security in regards to a person seen with a gun on mall property. A male was subsequently located and arrested. During the arrest a physical confrontation took place between the male, the police and mall security. During this altercation a gun discharged. The bullet struck one of the mall security personnel. The security member who was wearing body armour was not injured.

The male was taken to 32 Division TPS for processing. Once at the police station it was discovered that the male had a minor gunshot wound to his leg. The male was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital for treatment. During the treatment for the superficial gunshot wound, it was determined that the male had also sustained a facial fracture.

This facial injury and its cause is now the focus of the SIU's investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length 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. 

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