SIU Concludes Investigation into Shooting in Elliot Lake



    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has concluded there is no reasonable basis to believe
that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence
when he shot and seriously injured 22-year-old Travis Paradis.
    Five SIU investigators were assigned to examine the circumstances of the
shooting. As part of the investigation, forensic identification technicians
documented the scene and gathered evidentiary items such as the police
officer's gun and two cartridge cases, a large kitchen knife and clothing
found at the scene. Investigators interviewed 12 police and civilian witnesses
and reviewed various police records.
    The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 10:08 p.m. on July
23, 2007, OPP officers from the Elliot Lake detachment responded to a possible
domestic dispute at a home on Hutchinson Avenue. The subject officer arrived
at the home and went to the side door where he saw three people inside
arguing, including Mr. Paradis. When he saw the officer, he grabbed a knife
and ran out the door toward the officer.
    The officer ordered Mr. Paradis to drop the knife as he backed away and
up the driveway. The confrontation continued and the officer fired two shots.
Mr. Paradis was struck in the chest and elbow. He dropped the knife and sat on
the ground. Paramedics arrived and transported Mr. Paradis to the hospital
where he was treated for his injuries.
    Director Cornish concluded, on the basis of all the evidence, that the
subject officer was faced with an immediate threat to his own life and that
the use of lethal force was reasonable in the circumstances.
    Mr. Paradis currently faces charges as a result of this incident. The SIU
will not be releasing any further information in relation to this
investigation in order to protect the fair trial interests of the young man
and the community.

    The SIU is a civilian government agency that investigates circumstances
involving police and civilians, which have resulted in serious injury or
death. Under Section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU
has the authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the
findings of an investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the
Attorney General.





For further information:

For further information: Rose Bliss, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529

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