Cornwall Regional Police Blotter for Monday December 29, 2014 #CCPS #OPS #SIU #OPP

Cornwall Regional Police Blotter for Monday December 29, 2014 #CCPS #OPS #SIU #OPP

Cornwall PoliceBREAK AND ENTER, BREACHES

 

Cornwall, ON – Steven Coleman, 31 of Cornwall was arrested on December 25th, 2014 and charged with break and enter, breach of two probation orders and two undertakings for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged that on December 25th, 2014 the man forced his way into a Montreal Road residence and removed property that did not belong to him. Police were called and located the man in the residence. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.

 

ASSAULT

 

Cornwall, ON – A 14-year-old Cornwall youth was arrested on December 25th, 2014 and charged with assault. It is alleged that during an argument with her mother on December 25th, 2014, the youth struck her in the leg and police were contacted to investigate. During their investigation the youth was taken into custody, charged accordingly and released to appear in court at a later date. Her name was not released as per provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

 

Cornwall, ON – A 39-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on December 28th, 2014 and charged with assault. It is alleged that on December 28th, 2014 during an argument with his 33-year-old girlfriend the man pulled on her jacket causing her to fall to the ground. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During their investigation the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing. His name was not released as it might identify the victim in the matter.

 

THREATS, BREACH

 

Cornwall, ON – A 24-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on December 26th, 2014 and charged with threats and breach of recognizance for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged that on December 26th, 2014 during an argument with his 24-year-old girlfriend the man threatened to cut her throat. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During their investigation the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing. His name was not released as it might identify the victim in the matter.

Ottawa Police Service

Gunshot fired at Tanger Outlet Mall

 

(Ottawa) — On Friday December 26th 2014 at approximately 15:40 hours, Ottawa Police responded to calls of a gunshot being fired in the 8000 block of Campeau Drive. Upon arrival, a male victim was identified and transported to Hospital. This male had sustained a single gunshot wound to the foot and has been uncooperative with police.

Two persons were arrested on scene and have since been released with no charges. The Guns and Gangs Unit have two outstanding persons of interest at this time.

The Guns and Gangs section is currently investigating.

SIU

SIU Concludes Toronto Firearm Injuries Investigation

Case Number: 13-TFI-289

Mississauga (24 December, 2014) —

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) with a criminal offence in connection with the shooting injuries of a 34-year-old man in November of last year.
The SIU assigned six investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. As part of the investigation, five witness officers and 17 civilian witnesses were interviewed. The subject officer consented to an interview and provided the SIU with a copy of his notes.
The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Saturday, November 30, 2013:
  • At approximately 1:30 a.m., a resident of 177 Mutual Street contacted police to report that the man had taken his keys and was refusing to return them.  The resident further indicated that the man was intoxicated and in possession of bear spray or a knife.
  • Six officers, including the subject officer, responded to the call and attended the building. They were further advised that a fire alarm had been set off in the building, and that pepper spray and a fire extinguisher had been deployed. The man was in fact in the possession of a canister of pepper spray – a container of dog repellant spray to be specific.
  • Following his interaction with the resident, the man wandered from floor to floor banging on the doors of a number of units. He yelled incoherently and discharged the pepper spray and a fire extinguisher at several residents who approached him.
  • Two witness officers were the first to arrive at the scene.  They made their way into the building and came to learn that the man was on the fourth floor.
  • Due to the fire alarm the elevators were not operational so the officers made their way up using the stairwell.
  • As the officers climbed the stairs, they began to feel the effects of the pepper spray in the air.  One officer opened the stairwell door to the fourth floor and was met by a cloud of white smoke.
  • Through the haze, he saw the man’s silhouette across the hallway and could see him holding an object, which he could not discern, in his right hand.
  • The officer drew his firearm and repeatedly ordered the man to drop what he was holding and get to the ground.  The man did not do so.
  • In the meantime, the other officer returned to the ground floor and made his way back up to the fourth floor using another stairwell.  As he approached the stairwell door, it suddenly opened and he was confronted by the man.
  • The man raised his hand and sprayed the officer with a powdery discharge from about a metre away.
  • The officer staggered backward onto the stairwell landing, where he was then struck by the fire extinguisher that the man was holding.
  • The officer was knocked down some stairs, regained his balance and retreated to the third floor landing.  The man remained on the fourth floor, pacing back and forth along its corridors, banging doors and yelling obscenities.
  • The subject officer and another witness officer were making their way up the same stairwell at this time.  They passed the witness officer, who appeared injured and disoriented, covered in white powder, and who told them that the man had just sprayed him and knocked him down the stairs.
  • Armed with a C-8 rifle, the subject officer opened the door to the fourth floor and observed the man standing in a hallway corner at a distance of about two metres.  He could hear another officer, from around the corner yelling at the man to drop what he was holding and get down on the floor.
  • The subject officer issued the same command and pointed his rifle at the man.
  • The man, advanced upon the subject officer while holding the fire extinguisher and spraying his canister of pepper spray in the officer’s direction.  The officer discharged several rounds from his firearm, paused briefly, and then let off another series of shots.
  • The man was struck several times including in the abdomen, left groin, left outer thigh and left palm.
  • Seconds later, a senior officer came up from behind the subject officer and discharged his conducted energy weapon (CEW) at the man.
  • With the man now on the floor, the officers from both stairwells converged upon him and handcuffed his arms behind his back.  Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the man to hospital.
Director Loparco concluded, “I am satisfied on the evidence that the subject officer was justified in shooting the man pursuant to section 34 of the Criminal Code and therefore there are no reasonable grounds to lay a charge in this case.   The subject officer believed the man was about to assault him with the fire extinguisher (he knew that one officer had already been struck with the extinguisher by the man).  He also had concerns about the man taking possession of his C-8 rifle should he manage to incapacitate the officer with the pepper spray and/or a physical attack with the fire extinguisher, and then use the weapon to further threaten those around him.  Indeed, the circumstances surrounding the shooting lend credence to what the officer says he was thinking in the moment.  They further establish that the officer’s concerns were reasonable.  The man’s hostilities were apparent for several minutes following his exchange with the resident.  He had been yelling incoherently and banging violently on residents’ doors.  He had also assaulted several civilians with pepper spray and the fire extinguisher prior to the officers’ arrival.  The subject officer’s belief that it was necessary to shoot the man was a reasonable one given the circumstances.
While the Sergeant’s conduct was not the focus of the SIU’s investigation, I am further satisfied that his CEW discharge was legally justified.  He was the last of the first series of officers to make it to the scene.  While he had not seen the shooting, he did hear it.  When the shooting stopped, he ventured onto the fourth floor and took charge of the scene.  He says he observed the man on the ground but that, unable to see his left hand and hearing other officers yelling, “Put it down, drop it”, he believed it was unsafe to approach him.  The weight of the evidence indicates that the man was, in fact, standing at the time of the CEW discharge, it also suggests that he was still holding the fire extinguisher and pepper spray in his hands.  In light of the events that had just unfolded, it seems that the Sergeant’s public safety concerns were well founded and that he also acted reasonably in discharging his CEW.”

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations 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 any investigations to the Attorney General.

SD&G OPP

DRUGS SEIZED
(South Stormont) – On December 28, 2014 at approximately 2:18am, SD&G OPP officers were conducting Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checks on County Road 2 at Sixsmith Drive, South Stormont Township. A check of a vehicle resulted in the seizure of a quantity of suspected marihuana.

A passenger, Brent CORMAN (18) of South Stormont Township was arrested and is charged with;

– Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Under 3 Kilograms

He was released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall on February 10, 2015.
(South Dundas) – On December 29, 2014 at approximately 7:42am, an SD&G OPP officer had the occasion to stop a vehicle on Highway 401, South Dundas Township. The stop resulted in the seizure of a quantity of suspected marihuana.

The driver, Patrick TRAYNOR (51) of London, Ontario was arrested and is charged with;

– Possession of a Controlled Substance – Under 30 Grams

He was released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on February 2, 2015.

 

UNWANTED GUEST
(North Dundas) – On December 27, 2014 at approximately 12:46am, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of an unwanted male at a residence on Maple Ridge Road, North Dundas Township. Investigation indicated that an adult male had entered the above noted home uninvited and caused damage within. Upon being confronted by an occupant of the residence, the suspect made motions to assault the male holding a hammer. No injuries resulted.

Jason SERVAGE (28) of South Dundas Township was arrested and is charged with;

– Assault with a Weapon
– Mischief Under $5000
– Break and Enter a Dwelling

He was released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on January 20, 2015.

 

ASSAULT-UTTER THREATS
(South Stormont) – On December 27, 2014 at approximately 1:26pm, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of threats at a residence on Adam Dixon Avenue, South Stormont Township. Investigation indicated that an altercation had taken place between an adult male and another male and female resulting in threats uttered to both and the male being assaulted also.

Bradley THOMPSON (43) was arrested and is charged with;

– Assault
– Utter Threats  (2 counts)

He was released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall on January 27, 2015.

 

SPEEDERS INTERCEPTED
(Dundas, Glengarry) – Over the past Holiday weekend, SD&G OPP officers conducting speed enforcement intercepted several vehicles for excessive speeds resulting in the impoundment of the noted vehicles and seizures of the driver’s permits.

– 24Dec14, 8:29pm – Highway 401, South Dundas Township, 2014 Toyota Camry clocked traveling 170km/h in a 100 km/h zone. 29-year-old male from Saudi Arabia charged.

– 25Dec14, 2:43am – Highway 401, South Glengarry Township, 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt clocked traveling 151km/h in a 100 km/h zone. 19-year-old male from Saint-Hubert, Quebec charged.

– 26Dec14, 3:48pm – Highway 401, South Dundas Township, 2014 Land Rover clocked traveling 171km/h in a 100 km/h zone. 21-year-old male from Toronto, Ontario charged.

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