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News Release

UPDATE: SIU Investigating Firearm Death in Thornhill

Case Number: 11-OFD-156

Mississauga (3 August, 2011) --- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into the firearm death of a man in Thornhill late Monday evening.

The SIU investigation has determined that on August 1st York Regional Police (YRP) at approximately 11:00 p.m. officers responded to a call on Cottonwood Court. Upon arrival officers interacted with 49-year-old Kaveh Sabouri Tabatabaei. During this interaction two officers discharged their firearms. Mr. Tabatabaei sustained a fatal gunshot injury.

The SIU has designated six officers as witness officers. Two officers have been designated as subject officers. SIU investigators canvassed the area and identified a number of civilian witnesses. They will be interviewed.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the Unit at 416-6221935 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