SIU Investigating After Police Officer Discharges ARWEN at Man in Ottawa
Case Number: 22-OFP-172
- At approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 4, 2022, Ottawa Police Service officers were dispatched to a residence on Claremont Drive in relation to a man breaching his conditions.
- The man refused to exit the residence, threatening to harm himself if the officers came in. Negotiations continued.
- Some time later, officers observed the man with a self-inflicted wound to his neck. There was an interaction, and one officer discharged his ARWEN. The man was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. At this time, it does not appear that the man suffered any serious injury as a result of the ARWEN deployment.
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
Monica Hudon, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES