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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Firearm Death in Scarborough

Case Number: 10-TFD-182

Mississauga (27 January, 2011) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has reviewed the circumstances around the August 29, 2010 firearm death of 25-year-old Reyal Jensen Jardine-Douglas of Pickering.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any officers of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) with a criminal offence in regards to the death of Mr. Jardine-Douglas.

The SIU assigned seven investigators and four forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  One subject officer and eight witness officers were designated and interviewed in relation to this investigation. The investigation found that the following events took place on August 29, 2010:
  • In the middle of the afternoon on August 29, 2010, Mr. Jardine-Douglas boarded a TTC bus heading southbound on Victoria Park Avenue;  
  • At about the same time, TPS received reports that Mr. Jardine-Douglas was acting irrationally;
  • Officers in two marked police cars located the bus and followed it for a few blocks;
  • The subject officer pulled in front of the bus when it stopped at Victoria Park Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard;
  • A witness officer in the other police car stopped his vehicle facing southbound on Victoria Park Avenue, behind the bus;
  • The subject officer got on the bus and spoke with the bus driver.  The officer then turned his attention to Mr. Jardine-Douglas, who was standing near the rear door;
  • Mr. Jardine-Douglas reached into his bag and produced a knife;
  • The subject officer issued numerous commands to drop the knife.  Mr. Jardine-Douglas did not comply and walked towards the subject officer;
  • The subject officer repeated his commands and began backing out of the bus, drawing his firearm in the process.  Mr. Jardine-Douglas continued to advance upon him with the knife;
  • Mr. Jardine-Douglas followed the officer off the bus;
  • The subject officer continued to retreat southbound, continually instructing       Mr. Jardine-Douglas to drop the knife.  Mr. Jardine-Douglas did not comply and continued in the officer’s direction;  
  • The subject officer fired four shots at Mr. Jardine-Douglas, two of which struck him;
  • He was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m.

Director Scott said, “In my view, the subject officer was justified in using lethal force under s. 34(2) of the Criminal Code.  For no apparent reason, other than the fact that in the days prior to the shooting he had grown paranoid of the police, Mr. Jardine-Douglas attacked the officer with a knife.  The subject officer backed off the bus, issued numerous commands to drop the knife, and continued to retreat until he was backed up against a hedge.  He fired three rounds at Mr. Jardine-Douglas, causing him to falter and fall down.  The officer clearly had a reasonable belief that he was in imminent risk of grievous bodily harm or death at this point.  The final fatal round was discharged when the decedent was attempting to rise at a time when he continued to represent an imminent threat because he either continued to hold the knife or it was not apparent that he had disarmed himself.  Accordingly, in the moments preceding the fatal shot, I am of the opinion that the subject officer had a reasonable apprehension of imminent grievous bodily harm or death given the prior lead-up events, the short distance between them and his reasonable apprehension that the decedent was still armed with a knife that he intended to use.  Finally, the subject officer could not extricate himself from the threat because he had been backed up against a hedge.”

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