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News Release

SIU Investigation into Hamilton Shooting Continues

Case Number: 09-OFI-031

TORONTO (13 February, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a man by an officer of the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) on February 12, 2009.

On Thursday, February 12, 2009 six investigators and three forensic investigators from the SIU responded to Hamilton to probe the actions of the HPS in the shooting of 18-year-old William Beckingham. Investigation to this point has determined that Mr. Beckingham sustained gunshot wounds during his contact with officers of the HPS.

Mr. Beckingham underwent surgery at Hamilton General Hospital. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

SIU investigators will be back in the James St. N. and Strachan Ave. area today to continue the investigation. They will be conducting a canvass of the area of the shooting in order to identify and interview any members of the public who may have witnessed the incident.

The SIU has designated one subject officer and four witness officers from the HPS.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-641-1867 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 1867.

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