News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-involved Shooting in Sault Ste. Marie

Case Number: 24-OFD-202   

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Mississauga, ON (12 May, 2024) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 37-year-old man last night in Sault Ste. Marie.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officers were called to the Circle K store located on Second Line West for a disturbance call.  
  • Officers encountered a 37-year-old man in the vicinity of the store and offered to transport him to another location.
  • When the officers searched the man, they located a handgun. An interaction ensued, and one officer discharged his firearm. The man was struck.
  • He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at:

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897 or click here for more information:

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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES