News Release

SIU Determines Charges not Warranted in Relation to Fatal Scarborough Shooting

Case Number: 20-TFD-008   

Mississauga, ON (4 December, 2020) ---
On January 18, 2020, officers with the Toronto Police Service Guns and Gangs Task Force located a 37-year-old man who was wanted for the murder of a woman. In the course of the man’s arrest, three officers discharged their firearms at the man. He was taken to hospital and subsequently died on February 3, 2020. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the three officers who discharged their firearms committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting of the man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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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