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News Release

SIU Investigates Firearm Injury in Ottawa

Case Number: 09-OFI-128

Mississauga (10 June, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the firearm injury to a man who was interacting with members of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) yesterday afternoon.

The OPS reported that just after 4:30 p.m. June 3, 2009 a warrant was executed at an apartment building on Cumberland Street. Shortly after police entered the apartment a police firearm was discharged. A 30 year old Ottawa man sustained a non-life threatening bullet wound to his right leg. The man was taken to hospital for treatment. He was admitted and underwent surgery.

Four investigators and three forensic investigators from the SIU are in Ottawa to probe the circumstances surrounding this incident.

At this time one officer has been identified as a subject officer and five officers have been identified as witness officers.

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