News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges Against Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting of Man in Mount Albert

Case Number: 21-OFD-040   

Mississauga, ON (5 June, 2021) ---
On February 6, 2021, York Regional Police (YRP) began to receive 911 calls about a stabbing incident at Ridge Gate Crescent in Mount Albert. Soon after entering the residence, the officers located a 37-year-old man armed with a knife and holding a child suffering from a knife wound. In the presence of police, the man stabbed another child. Two officers discharged their firearms and the man was fatally struck. At the home, officers located the man’s wife who had earlier been lethally wounded by the man, and another woman who had been injured. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES