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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Waterloo Firearm Injury

Case Number: 10-OFI-046

Mississauga (8 July, 2010) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has reviewed the facts around the March 2010 firearm injury of 30-year-old Ryan Arcon. Ian Scott, the Director of the SIU, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe an officer with the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) committed a criminal offence in this case.

The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. The investigation found that the following events took place on March 31:

* In the early hours of that day, the WRPS received information that Ryan Arcon, who lived in an apartment on Erb Street West, was in an agitated state and destroying his apartment.
* The subject officer was dispatched to investigate the incident. He also had information that Mr. Arcon was armed with a steak knife, and that another individual was in the apartment.
* Shortly after the officer arrived on the landing near Mr. Arcon's apartment, the door to that apartment opened.
* Mr. Arcon was clutching two knives in front of his body at stomach level, and pointed these at the officer's chest as he approached the officer. The officer discharged his firearm twice, striking Mr. Arcon in the leg and torso area.
* Mr. Arcon faltered, but managed to get partially up on his feet. He advanced with the knives pointed forward. The subject officer fired two or three more times in quick succession.
* Mr. Arcon went down, again got up and the subject officer fired again.
* In total, Mr. Arcon sustained two gunshot wounds to the chest, one to the left thigh and two to his right thigh.

Director Scott said, "There is no doubt that Mr. Arcon was in an extremely agitated state when the initial call was made. Further, his being armed with steak knives is corroborated by a civilian witness, and the fact that knives were found at the scene. Accordingly, the officer was justified in discharging his firearm at Mr. Arcon at three different discrete moments because he had a reasonable apprehension of imminent death or grievous bodily harm had he not done so. Remarkably, Mr. Arcon survived."

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