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Communiqué de presse

No Grounds to Lay Charges Against Officer in Almonte Who Discharged Firearm Following Attack by Dog

Numéro du dossier: 18-PFI-177

Mississauga, ON (4 avril 2019) ---
On the morning of June 12, 2018, officers attended a residence in the Town of Almonte in relation to an investigation. The officers arrived at the front porch of the residence and rang the doorbell. As the home’s resident opened the door, two dogs exited the house, attacking and biting the officers. In order to stop the attack, one of the officers discharged her firearm at one of the dogs; as the officer did so, the home’s resident tripped and fell in front of the officer, resulting in one of the projectiles striking her in the leg. An ambulance was summoned. Both officers were transported to hospital for treatment of dog bite injuries, and the home’s resident was taken to hospital to be treated for the firearm injury. Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

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