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News Release

SIU Continues Investigation into Firearm Death in Burlington

Case Number: 11-OFD-042

Mississauga (14 March, 2011) --- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its probe into the circumstances surrounding the firearm death of a 34-year-old Burlington man Saturday evening in Burlington. The SIU has assigned eight investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances surrounding this incident.

The SIU investigation has determined that at 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 12, 2011, a Halton Regional Police Service HRPS) officer stopped a vehicle on Walkers Line north of Mainway, Burlington in relation to a number of calls made to police about a car being operated erratically.

During the ensuing interaction between the officer and male driver of the vehicle, the driver sustained a gunshot injury when the officer’s firearm was discharged. The man was taken to the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at 8:24 p.m.

A post-mortem was conducted in Hamilton yesterday at 10:00 a.m. The results are pending.

The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and five officers as witness officers.

At this time, at the request of family, no name will be released.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have an audio-video recording of it, to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1935 or

1-800-787-8529 extension #1935.

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. 

Frank Phillips, frank.phillips@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342