Case Number: 13-TFD-265
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Mississauga (2 January, 2015) —
- At approximately 12:30 p.m., two TPS Service officers approached the man on Sherbourne Street. The officers were aware of an outstanding warrant for the man’s arrest and were attempting to carry out that arrest.
- The man fled from the officers and, as he was running, fell and pointed a pistol at one of the officers.
- A civilian witness, who was very close to both the officer and the man, saw the gun in the man’s hand, dropped his bike and took cover across the street.
- The officer drew his firearm but did not shoot at the man.
- The man ran up the front steps of 433 Sherbourne Street, took cover in the alcove at the front door of the building, and fired his pistol several times in the direction of the officer. The video recording obtained from 433 Sherbourne Street clearly shows the man pointing the gun toward the officer.
- The officer heard the gun being discharged, although the sound of the firearm suggested that the gun was a cap gun or a pellet gun. This in fact was the case. Unfortunately, there is no indication that the officer’s description of the sound, and the possibility that the gun was a pellet gun, was ever passed along to other officers. Responding officers were only informed of the fact that the man had earlier discharged a firearm at officers.
- The man then ran to the rear porch of 437 Sherbourne Street. While positioned there, he repeatedly pointed his gun toward Sherbourne Street and the officers who were located in that direction.
- Other uniform patrol officers, including one who was armed with a C8 rifle and who was positioned in an apartment at 435 Sherbourne Street (where the Emergency Task Force (ETF) later took over the scene) saw the man repeatedly point his pistol in the direction of the officers at the front of the address.
- At 1:44 p.m. ETF officers arrived on scene and took over control of the situation.
- An ETF negotiator made numerous attempts to reason with the man.
- As the negotiator was trying to coax the man into surrendering, the man rose up from where he had been crouching behind an overturned table (used to barricade himself on the porch), leaned forward quickly and pointed his pistol toward Sherbourne Street and in the direction that other officers were positioned.
- That action and the swift manner in which it occurred caused one of the subject officers to call out that the man had his gun pointed at officers.
- Shortly thereafter, the two subject officers discharged their firearms striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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.