News Release

SIU Investigating Firearm Discharge by Port Hope Police Officer

Case Number: 23-OFP-300   

Mississauga, ON (31 July, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Port Hope Police Service officer shot a firearm at a pickup truck with a 30-year-old man inside yesterday afternoon. 

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 5 p.m. on July 30, 2023, the officer shot at the pickup truck, allegedly stolen by the man, outside the McDonald’s on Rose Glen Road. 
  • The officer was struck by ricochet and taken to hospital.
  • The man in the pickup truck fled the scene. The man was located and arrested this morning.
One subject official and one witness official have been designated at this time. Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at:

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897 or click here for more information:

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

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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES