News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Brantford Police-Involved Shooting

Case Number: 19-OFI-177

Mississauga, ON (8 May, 2020) ---
On the morning of July 31, 2019, a 48-year-old man called 911 requesting police and paramedic assistance. The man advised the 911 operator that he would wait for police at the Polish Hall on Pearl Street in Brantford. Brantford Police Service officers were dispatched both to the man’s residence and to the Polish Hall, the latter being where the man was located. An interaction ensued between the man and officers, with two of the officers discharging their firearms. The man sustained multiple gunshot wounds resulting in severe injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence was committed by either police officer.

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