News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Tecumseh

Case Number: 19-PFD-134

Mississauga, ON (22 April, 2020) ---
On the night of June 14, 2019, the mother of a 48-year-old man contacted 911 and informed that her son was holed up with knives in the bathroom of his Tecumseh home and was threatening to harm himself. Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to the home. Following a period of negotiation, a physical altercation ensued between the officers and the man culminating in the man being fatally shot by an officer. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342