News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Officer’s Discharge of Firearm at Home Invasion Suspects in Vaughan

Case Number: 23-OFP-529   

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Mississauga, ON (22 April, 2024) ---
On December 24, 2023, a York Regional Police officer fired his pistol at suspects in a home invasion in Vaughan. There was no indication that anyone was struck. The SIU was notified and initiated an investigation. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.
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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES