SIU Investigating After Police Officers Discharge ARWENs in Penetanguishene
Case Number: 22-PFP-151
- At approximately 11 p.m. on June 10, 2022, OPP officers responded to a home on Church Street for a domestic situation.
- While in the home, officers determined that a man was in mental distress. Attempts to apprehend him – including the discharges of ARWENs by two police officers – were to no avail.
- The man barricaded himself in the home, and negotiations continued for several hours.
- When the man set the home on fire at approximately 5:30 a.m. on June 11, 2022, officers were able to apprehend him. The man was taken to hospital for assessment. At this time, it does not appear he suffered any serious injury.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES